Middle Tennessee State University’s True Blue TV public access channel will air its three outdoor 2020 commencement ceremonies for 24 consecutive hours — from 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, to 9 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 — in a special presentation being dubbed as the institution’s first “Commence-A-Thon.”
The three historic Nov. 21 ceremonies, which were held in Floyd Stadium under strict social distancing and health protocols because of the COVID-19 pandemic, honored roughly 1,700 December 2020 graduates, as well as almost 400 May and August graduates who wanted to experience an in-person celebration after their commencements for spring and summer were moved to a virtual format.
It was the first such ceremonies in Floyd Stadium since 1972.
“We at True Blue TV thought this would be a fun way to further celebrate the achievements of our graduates — and a nice broadcast treat for the holiday weekend,” said Ty Whitaker, the station’s senior manager.
True Blue TV, MTSU’s educational resource channel since 1999, airs on Comcast Xfinity channels 9 and 1096 and channel 9.1 on MTSU’s campus cable system.
It also airs on channel 195 on DTC in Alexandria, Tennessee; digital channel 206 on United Communications in Chapel Hill; and as channel 99 on AT&T U-verse in Middle Tennessee. It is also available by searching for the “Education Resource Channel apps” on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. You can watch online at www.mtsu.edu/truebluetv.
True Blue TV broadcasts from the Center for Educational Media, a part of the College of Education at MTSU, and operates under license from the Murfreesboro Cable Television Commission.
Students from the College of Media and Entertainment’s Department of Media Arts, as well as students working for the university’s Production Services team, produced True Blue TV’s live coverage of the Nov. 21 ceremonies.
— Andrew Oppmann (Andrew.Oppmann@mtsu.edu)