On May 16, 2009, e2k in association with AVI, produced the UC Merced commencement ceremony, featuring Michelle Obama. This was the first solo public speaking engagement for the First Lady. With 12,000 people in attendance, the University was certainly in terms of exposure and all production systems.
e2k Technical Director, Mike Brady, directed the installation and operation of all production elements in the newly constructed amphitheater, including staging, power, sound, lighting, video displays, media and UC systems integration. e2k stage managers Katie Doherty and Maria Giannini scripted and ran the entire outdoor event in the 104 degree heat of show day. e2k partner, AVI, headed by John Orchard and Barry Brown, provided video switching, show programming and media feeds to the 38 broadcasters covering the evening.