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Clear-Com powers 57th COD commencement ceremony for students

The College of DuPage (COD), a major provider of undergraduate education in Illinois, has used Clear-Com for two decades, including for the recent ceremony that hosted 5,000 attendees

The College of DuPage (COD), the second-largest provider of undergraduate education in the state of Illinois, recently deployed Clear-Com’s communication solutions during its 57th commencement ceremony, a major event that hosted 5,000 attendees and celebrated the achievements of 700 graduates. COD has utilised the solutions for over two decades to enhance its production capabilities for large-scale events.

COD’s production team employs an extensive Clear-Com setup, including two FreeSpeak II digital wireless systems integrated with LQ Series IP Interface, merging multiple Clear-Com products. This setup comprises of transceivers connected to the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix system, a base station, and both wired and wireless beltpacks. These systems manage a wide array of field productions, including commencement speeches, concerts, and other significant events across the campus.

For the commencement ceremony, the production setup included two FreeSpeak II transceivers strategically placed to cover the entire arena. Ten wireless beltpacks were utilised by key crew members to maintain mobility while ensuring clear communication. The LQ Series IP Interface facilitated the integration of different communication devices and extended the reach of communication to remote locations. Acting as the central hub, the Eclipse HX Digital Matrix connected all communication devices.

This setup supported an 18-member crew within the arena. The LQ system was used to connect with graduates and other team members in different buildings, ensuring communication between the control room in the arena and various remote locations.

Beyond large events, Clear-Com systems are used extensively across the College of DuPage campus. These systems facilitate communication for various activities, including daily operations, special events, and emergency coordination.

Sal Garcia, production supervisor and sound engineer at College of DuPage, said: “The flexibility and ease of use provided by Clear-Com are invaluable for our field productions. Whether it’s a commencement ceremony or daily campus operations, Clear-Com ensures that our team can communicate effectively and deliver a flawless experience.”

The College of DuPage is a public community college and the second-largest provider of undergraduate education in Illinois, after the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With its main campus in Glen Ellyn and additional campuses in Addison, Carol Stream, Naperville, and Westmont, COD serves a diverse student body across Illinois’ Community College District 502.