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By Lori Wright, Media Relations
May 23, 2007
Check out the numbers on the 137th Commencement:
- 2,650 students participated, approximately.
- 17,500 bracelets were distributed.
- 22,000 people attended.
- 12,000 ponchos were distributed.
- More than 250 media outlets ran stories about commencement,
including the New York Times and Boston Globe, where it ran on the front
- Coverage of the ceremony ran nationally on ABC, CNN and FOX
as well as in more than 60 other broadcast markets, totaling more than
- Nearly 37 million people across the nation saw coverage of commencement.
- The media coverage UNH received had a total ad value of more
than $2.2 million.
- 4 dozen “Media” Munchkins eaten (mostly by Mike
Pomp with WTSN).
- 160 officers from campus, town, city, and state police; county
sheriffs; UNH Parking Services; UNH Security Services
- 50 federal law enforcement officers
- Nearly 20 law enforcement agencies represented, including UNH
Police; Durham, Lee, Newmarket, Bow and Laconia police; NH State Police;
Strafford County Sheriff; Hillsborough County Sheriff; Belknap County
Sheriff; Amtrak Police; Secret Service; Transportation Security Administration-Manchester & Portland,
Me; United States Air Marshals-Boston Office; NH National Guard Civil
Support Team; Portsmouth NH Police Explorers; UNH Parking Services; and
State Office of Emergency Management
- More than 4,000 hot beverages (coffee, hot chocolate, tea) totaling
300 gallons were served.
- More than 700 muffins were eaten.
- Nearly 1,000 sandwiches were eaten.
- 6,000 views of commencement via the Web Saturday through
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