iSchool Celebrates Graduates during Live Virtual Convocation Ceremony: Join the Event on May 16


The iSchool’s live virtual convocation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. PDT via Blackboard Collaborate. Graduates, family members, and friends from around the world are invited to join the online celebration.

Graduates from the School of Information at San José State University will be honored on Saturday, May 16, 2015, during the school’s inaugural virtual convocation ceremony. The live event will feature several inspiring speeches in celebration of the graduates’ accomplishments.

Opening the ceremony will be Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the iSchool. Following her welcome speech, Dr. Alice Hines, dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, will deliver her remarks. Keeping with tradition, the 2015 Ken Haycock Award winner, Darren Ilett, will address his peers. The final speech will be from the 2015 invited convocation speaker, Miguel Figueroa, who is the director of the American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries. The iSchool’s student chapters have prepared a special video celebration that will conclude the 2015 virtual convocation ceremony.

The live ceremony will be held via Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System and begin promptly at 11 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Attendees are encouraged to log in at least 15 minutes early.

Join the Live Online Event:

Join via Conference Call:

If you experience technical difficulties or are otherwise unable to join the Collaborate session, you have the option of joining via conference call. Although this will not give you the full experience, you will still be able to hear live audio of the graduation speeches.

To join via conference call, dial the following number (toll charges will apply): 571-392-7703

When asked to enter a PIN number, enter the following: 472 758 503 712

Getting Started with Blackboard Collaborate

For those who are unfamiliar with Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System, the school has developed a Getting Started guide. The guide outlines preparation tasks, including how to set up audio equipment, install the Collaborate Launcher software, and join a test session.

Technical Support

If you are having problems getting connected, please review the Getting Started guide and the FAQs. If you are still unable to connect, please contact Blackboard Collaborate Support at 1-877-382-2293. You can also initiate a live chat session with a Blackboard Collaborate support agent by doing the following:

1.  Go to:

2.  Click on “Chat with Agent”

Virtual Convocation Website

Complementing the live convocation ceremony is the virtual convocation website, where each graduate has a student profile and audio degree presentation. Everyone is invited to post congratulating messages on the graduates’ web pages and join the social media celebration using hashtag #SJSUiSchool2015.