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2010 Commencement DVD Available for Pre-Order

March 13, 2010

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March 13, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Members of DePauw University's Class of 2010 and their family and friends can obtain a permanent keepsake of a special day: their graduation from college.  For a ninth consecutive year, DePauw will produce a DVD of its commencement ceremonies, which will include footage of each graduate receiving their DePauw diploma as well as a range of bonus materials. Orders are now being accepted at $19.95 for the first disc; additional DVDs sent to the same address will be $8 each (7% sales tax will be added to Indiana orders). An online order form is available here.

"We have again been able to secure a contract for lower replication costs, and we're pleased to pass the savings along to graduates and their families," says Ken Owen '82, executive director of media relations at DePauw, who oversees production of the DVD. "The commencement DVD has become something that our graduates and parents have come to count on, and typically contains more than three hours of content.  In addition to the ceremony, there are clips that cover some of the events of the past four years, so it is, in some ways, a video yearbook, too." (at right: front cover of the 2009 commencement DVD)

2009 Commencement DVD.jpgThe ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, in the Holton Memorial Quadrangle (weather permitting).

The multi-camera production will capture the sights and sounds of the 171st commencement ceremony, including the procession of graduating seniors, speeches and -- as noted -- video of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. As in past years, the DVD's menu will allow you to quickly access the spot in the program you want to see. If you're looking for a graduate whose last name is Jones, for instance, you click on the letter 'J' in the menu, you're immediately taken to the first person whose last name begins with the letter 'J' receiving his or her diploma. Users can also jump to specific speeches, or watch the program from beginning to end. The DVDs are professionally replicated, not duplicated, and are housed in a decorative jacket.

The 2010 commencement disc's array of bonus features will include campus highlights of the past four years (ranging from clips of the opening convocation at which the Class of 2010 was welcomed to DePauw, the 2006-07 women's basketball team's national championship and Ubben Lecturers such as Tony Blair, Karl Rove and Howard Dean); "Monon Memories" of the last four football battles with Wabash College for the prized Monon Bell; a photo gallery of commencement day activities; and vintage film from the DePauw Archives.

2007 bb champs 1.jpgThis will mark the 23rd DVD that DePauw has produced.  Past projects include 11 Monon Bell Classics (1977, 1994 and 2001-09), some of which remain available here (supplies are very limited of the 2002 and 2007 DVDs). Also available are DVDs of the 2002-09 commencement ceremonies via this link.

"In 2002, DePauw became one of the first colleges in the nation to offer a commencement DVD," recalls Owen. "The disc allows our seniors and their families a high quality and permanent way to revisit one of the most important events of their lives, whenever they like."

For more information on DePauw's 171st Annual Commencement, click here.

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