I will try to make periodic updates leading up to the commencement (and during, if possible). I ask that you please forgive typos, which I promise to clean up later.
Some early observations:
- There are already people gathered on the hill, and it is cordoned off by a white fence. I don’t know if that’s a typical feature of commencement or not.
- WTNH has already done at least one live stand-up report with me and the Wesleying camera in the immediate background. An exciting look at my backside on the morning news!
- I had no trouble finding on-street parking at 6:15am. Your mileage may vary
The hill is filling up, as you can see in the pictures below. Right now it’s just a whole lot of waiting around, but if you want a great seat, you’re too late.
They played the fight song on the bells, and they are setting up security folks on the roof of Zelnick Pavilion, which is further confirmation that Senator Obama is indeed speaking today (I had heard that some spoilsports were trying to convince the attendees that he’d canceled).
Edit (Justin, 11:14 AM): Get away from the grainy video on your computer screen! CNN will broadcast Obama’s speech live on national TV. Wolf Blitzer just cut into a shot of the ceremony before going to commercial.