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900 touchdowns – all live and in color on JumboTron

Nevada Union is taking its graduation ceremonies to the big screen on Saturday.

A real big screen.

Touchdown Productions owner Gil Dominguez said Monday his company will have a 9- by 12-foot JumboTron at the ceremony so that families and friends can get a close look at each of the roughly 900 graduates.

“The JumboTron kind of elevates the event into the 20th century,” said Dominguez, adding he will have four cameras there relaying images to the screen that will be stationed on the south end of Nevada Union’s football field.

The JumboTron, which is a large LCD screen, is being rented from Visual Ad Display of Auburn at a cost of $2,100.

Dominguez said he’s been thinking a lot about this year’s graduation where his daughter, Marrissa, will be among those receiving their diplomas on Saturday morning.

“Part of the reason that I’ve been thinking about this is that my daughter is graduating,” he said. “This is really like offering a service to parents.”

Graduation ceremonies start at 9 a.m. Saturday, but Dominguez said since friends and family arrive early his company will start broadcasting on the JumboTron at 7:30 a.m.

The JumboTron will be easy to spot in a crowd: It will be set on top of an eight-foot truck.

The pre-graduation program will include video of the students in the gymnasium, crowd shots and what Dominguez called “fun facts,” which he is encouraging teachers and others to send him this week by e-mailing the information to him at gil@touchdownproductions.com.

Touchdown Productions will videotape all of Saturday’s graduation ceremonies and sell DVD copies for $25 apiece, Dominguez said.

The DVD will include the pre-graduation program and graduates being recognized on stage and again later when they receive their diplomas after the ceremony.

He said he will donate 50 percent of the proceeds to the high school. Dominguez said he is looking for sponsors for the JumboTron rental.

Touchdown s is a Grass Valley business that has been videotaping regional sports, rodeos and other events for the past 11 years.

Dominguez said he last videotaped a Nevada Union graduation ceremony five years ago when he sold VHS tapes of the event.

If all goes well on Saturday, Domiguez said he will consider taping Bear River High School’s graduation next year as well as returning to Nevada Union.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail pbutler@theunion.com or call 477-4239.

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