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Purdue to offer closed-captioning at commencement

Purdue will be offering closed-captioning at its commencement ceremonies for the first time.

Angie Martinez is with the university’s Disability Resource Center.

She says the request came from a student and his mother, who are both profoundly deaf.

Martinez says a large-screen television will be set up so they can see the closed-captions that go along with the webcast of the ceremony.

She says the mother is delighted to be able to follow along with the speeches.

The closed-captioning will be available at all five commencement ceremonies this weekend.

Martinez says the university has always offered interpreters who use American Sign Language, but not everyone is able to follow along with that.