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Posted on Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 2:24 p.m.

President Barack Obama's commencement address at U-M to be broadcast on Big Ten Network

By Amalie Nash

If you can't score tickets to see President Barack Obama deliver the University of Michigan commencement address, there's always the Big Ten Network.

The channel announced today it will broadcast a special edition beginning at 10:30 a.m. May 1. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

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President Obama will deliver U-M's commencement address.

Obama's address will be broadcast live from Michigan Stadium as a special edition of the network’s University Showcase programming.

Obama’s speech will be the first televised commencement address for the three-year-old network, a partnership between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks, the Big Ten Network said.

The entire commencement ceremony will also be streamed live at

Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman said in a release that such a major national event taking place on a Big Ten campus was a natural fit for the network.

“President Obama’s commencement address at the University of Michigan is undoubtedly a newsworthy occasion, and we’re pleased to be able to carry it live to a national audience," he said in the release.

In addition, local Comcast channel 22 will broadcast the commencement address live, as it has in years past, U-M said.

Obama will be the fourth sitting American president to visit U-M, following George H.W. Bush in 1991; Gerald R. Ford, who launched his re-election campaign there in 1976; and Lyndon B. Johnson, who announced the Great Society Program at the campus in 1964.


Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball

Wed, Apr 21, 2010 : 5:34 a.m.

Please - NO ONE tell Obama what comes after a TRILLION.


Wed, Apr 21, 2010 : 4:36 a.m.

I'm sure that Chairman Obama will extol the virtues of his socialism given the fact that his speech is being read from the teleprompter on "May Day".


Mon, Apr 19, 2010 : 3:28 a.m.

i'll be sure not to miss that one????????

Duane Collicott

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 12:34 p.m.

Obama didn't inherit anything. He wanted it and spent millions of dollars to get it. Also, remember he voted FOR the spending bills while he was in the Senate. He owns it as much as anyone else.


Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 10:52 a.m.

Maybe the president will brings some JOBS to the city and his proof of american citizenship. You know the one's he keep's saying he has created.


Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 10:43 a.m.

Ah yes, the Big Ten Network. That very network shoved down our throats and have to pay for whether we want it or not.


Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 9:33 a.m.

Ed Kimball and David Briegel, thank you for your comments. It's amazing how some people forget ALL the details. Let's not forget that President Obama INHERITED the disaster.

Ed Kimball

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 7:48 a.m.

Top Cat: Did you somehow fail to notice that when GWB took office, the federal government ran at a surplus, but that the deficit returned and grew during his administration? Of course, I don't entirely blame Bush and the Republicans. As long as the voters elect politicians who promise them benefits at 20-25% of GDP and taxes at 19% of GDP, we're going to have a problem. Obama inherited a huge problem in the economy, but it appears finally to be improving. We'll see what happens between now and Nov. 2012.

David Briegel

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 : 4:23 a.m.

Stan, I know you really meant the disaster he inherited. Ron, why return?


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 8:55 p.m.

treetown, I don't want Obama giving ANY advice to any of our teams after the disaster he's created in Washington.


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 6:35 p.m.

Come on, it won't be so bad. He can give a good speech it's just doing anything that he has a problem with. Hope/Change, I sure Hope things Change soon. lol

Edward R. Murrow's ghost

Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 4:46 p.m.

TopCat: Easily explained. The economy he inherited from the Shrub regime was far worse than even the most pessimistic economist imagined.


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 4:32 p.m.

Thanks for the heads up. I'll make sure I channel surf right past BTN that day.

Top Cat

Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 3:20 p.m.

Oborrow sold his stimulus plan as a necessity to keep unemployment from exceeding 8%. Perhaps he can explain to the graduates why that has failed and where they should look for employment.


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 3:15 p.m.

Amalie - The U-M no longer owns the public television station in Flint, but the Michigan Channel (22 on Comcast) is still active.


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 3:15 p.m.

As a basketabll connosieur, hopefully the President will take some time to sit down with Beilien and show him the flaws in his system. What about a PBS channel, no that too?


Thu, Apr 15, 2010 : 1:40 p.m.

Won't it be broadcast on the University's cable channel as well?