In a melding of tradition and technology, Friday’s graduation ceremony at Walla Walla High School will streamed live on Facebook.

That means the 7 p.m. ceremony can be watched from anywhere, including a living room couch or an aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean, Walla Walla Public Schools spokesman Mark Higgins said today.

The magic will happen thanks to audiovisual students from the Southeast Area Technical Skills Center using a camera system to create an online event. It should greatly improve on last year’s initial attempt to livestream the ceremony with a single camera, Higgins said.

By using three cameras this year, the remote audience will have close views of speakers at the podium, more detailed shots of the assembled crowd and a better listening experience, with microphones placed to capture every moment, he said.

W-Hi’s graduation traditionally takes place on the school’s outdoor commons area, and each participant is issued six tickets to distribute. For some families, that’s not enough, Higgins said.

The school will open its 400-seat auditorium for those who wish to watch the Facebook feed and still be on campus, he added.

To view the graduation via Facebook, go to the school district’s Facebook page at

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