The question was: What have you been doing with all your time?
My buddy Foster took some great photos of some of the events surrounding the UVM 2012 commencement, and I know that some of you will love to see them, so here they are.
We captioned six major ceremonies this year, over three days: College of Arts and Sciences Honors Ceremony; Graduate College Commencement and Hooding Ceremony; Honors College Commencement Ceremony; Main Commencement Ceremony; College of Arts and Sciences Commencement; College of Medicine Commencement. We captioned them live on large screens -- the indoor ceremonies on 6-foot screens, and the outdoor ones on the jumbotrons -- and all the ceremonies were streamed live on the internet, with captions. This was a record for ceremonies captioned surrounding UVM graduation.
I did them all.
It was a lot. I wasn't sure I'd be able to manage it all, what with all the hours and hours and pages and pages of prep that needed to be done. We had a couple of logistical problems getting from one location to another in the time we had, but with outstanding teamwork and support from all the people at UVM Conference and Event Services, the University ACCESS Department, and the regular team of IT, AV, and television professionals I work with, not only did we do it -- we had the best and most successful weekend of events we've ever had.
We didn't get photos from all the events, but here are some we did get, complete with a few shots of actual captions as they appeared live on the screens.
This is Eric, me, and Foster, set up for our third and final day of events. This is the biggy -- the Main Ceremony. We're set up in a nice tent to protect us from the sun and heat, on the university green.
We are the core captioning team. Eric is the videographer, Foster is the broadcast engineer who I nominated for knighthood after the weekend was over. The three of us work incredibly well together, and always have since January of 2007.
This is me and Eric again, and in the background is another important team member, standing on the left of the two people there -- Roger. Roger's the guy who delivers the AV equipment and screens to the right places at the right times, and sets it all up and makes sure all is copacetic <---- his favorite word.
Things are just getting started in this photo. Note my smile and relaxed look.
And we're off!
Now things are in full swing. Note the look of concentration on my face. Do not try to break my concentration, for I am a captioning ninja!
Oh, cripes. You've got to be kidding me. Surprise speakers at the end: Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke, the actors who voice SpongeBob SquarePants and his sidekick Patrick Star. Their boss, Cyma Zarghami, was the main speaker. I am sure I made complete hash of their rap presentation. Complete hash. And wouldn't you JUST KNOW: I heard later that THIS was the exact thing that the local news decided to put up in their coverage of the event, including a flash-by of my captions. Ugh.
The first ceremony is completed, and now we are sweaty, thirsty, hungry, and exhausted, and it's only 11-something a.m. We've been going straight out since 7. Under direction of Sharon from the ACCESS Department, who takes very good care of me, a lunch was kindly delivered to me. After a short break, the platform party for the second ceremony is beginning to file in.
And we're off again!
There isn't much to say about the second ceremony, except it was hot and long. And look at my sagging shoulders.
But wait, we're not done yet!
We still have to pack up our equipment and move across the park to Ira Allen Chapel, because now it is time to caption the College of Medicine graduation ceremony.
You'd never know this person had already captioned for eight solid hours, would you? Look at this smile. (Foster had provided me with a cold Gatorade.)
Also: Girl loves her work.
Take a closer look at this photo. When this was taken, the featured speaker was speaking at 270 words per minute (as per the speed meter in my software), for at least a solid 20 minutes. I do not know how I pulled this out of my brain and my fingers, but I did. (Must have been the Gatorade.)
Take a look at that sound engineer to the left of me. He is watching intently. We had only just met on the Friday evening before this (this was late Sunday afternoon). When I finished this speech, Foster made like he was getting a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on my hands and keyboard, and that guy next to me gave me a high-five and said, "That. Was. Beautiful."
Girl gets jazzed about her work.
If you would like to provide, or ask for, captions for your event, or would like more information about me and what I do, please visit my captioning and CART website.