OSHEAN Helps Deployed Parents Watch High School Graduation
When two deployed military parents could not attend their children’s high school graduation, Rhode Island’s research and education network, OSHEAN, brought the graduation to them. Donna Ortiz is a Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and is the mom of Alejandra Ortiz. Carlos Barbiero is a Sergeant First Class in the Rhode Island Army National Guard, and is the dad of Damian Barbiero. Ortiz was stationed in Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Barbiero was stationed in Iraq as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. As a result, neither parent could attend their child’s graduation from Pilgrim High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. “Nothing compares to knowing I was going to miss out on these graduations. To say I was heartbroken is an understatement. I won’t lie, I cried like a baby,” said Ortiz.
Ortiz inquired about streaming Pilgrim’s graduation after seeing a relative’s graduation live streamed. Pilgrim Principal Gerald Habershaw and IT Director Doug Alexander contacted OSHEAN to ask about the logistics of setting up a live stream. When OSHEAN heard about the need, it was happy to assist so the parents could watch their children graduate. OSHEAN set up the live stream free of charge. It provided the recording equipment and worked with Alexander to test the live stream feature prior to the graduation. The recorder was connected to OSHEAN’s Mediasite Enterprise Video Platform service, which offers both OnDemand recording and live streaming events.
While Barbiero ultimately was unable to view the stream due to his base’s bandwidth limitations, Ortiz did get to watch her daughter graduate. “Thank you for not giving up and pushing through all the technical difficulties to live stream the graduation. I will forever treasure what you did for me in order to see my daughter cross the graduation stage,” Ortiz said.