Colbert comes back to Northwestern

Northwestern University’s 153rd Commencement began this morning under sunny skies, something we haven’t seen in a few years.  The anticipation of Stephen Colbert’s keynote speech lived up to expectations.  The stands were packed with friends, family and possibly a few staff members to see him live.  Those who could not attend were able to view the live webcast at their computer.

Here are a few statistics from the event:

  • 3089 Unique viewers
  • 1949 Simultaneous viewers
  • 41 Countries
  • 4.89 TB of video streamed
  • 1.2 Gbps of peak bandwidth streaming off campus

This was, by far, the highest volume of traffic for a live streaming event for Northwestern University.  In fact, it was more than 5x as many total viewers over our previous high with ex-Mayor Richard Daley, in 2008.