Former Vice President Al Gore’s Commencement Address Streamed Live via Mediasite

May 14, 2010

MADISON, Wis., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — As former Vice President Al Gore addresses the University of Tennessee, Knoxville class of 2010 this morning, thousands will watch live via Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Inc. (Nasdaq: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management.

View the ceremony live at 8:30 a.m. EDT at http://sofo.com/049de.

In addition to his commencement speech, the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be honored by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with only the third honorary degree granted by the campus, an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Humane Letters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences.

“UT Knoxville has been using Mediasite to webcast its commencement ceremonies for several years, bringing the events to virtual audiences who couldn’t attend live, and ensuring the event lives on by making it available to graduates on-demand,” said Amy Blakely, assistant director, media and internal relations, UT Knoxville. “During this year’s College of Arts and Sciences commencement, where Vice President Al Gore will receive an honorary doctorate and speak, our arena will be filled to capacity with graduates and their families and friends. The webcast will provide a way for the general public to participate.”

Blakely continues, “Webcasting with Mediasite is quite appropriate, too, since Gore is such a strong advocate for carbon neutrality and preventing global warming. Webcasting is green technology, because it allows people to attend lectures, meetings, events and commencements virtually, thereby saving the fossil fuels used to travel.”

“Sonic Foundry is honored to be the live streaming technology behind UT Knoxville’s commencement address by Mr. Gore,” said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. “Webcasting represents an opportunity to not only reach larger audiences but also impact climate change initiatives. Mediasite’s ability to reduce an organization’s carbon footprint embodies the forward-thinking platform Gore commends, and exemplifies the achievements that can be made with rich media in the enterprise.”

Past commencement addresses delivered by high profile political figures include Michelle Obama at UC Merced, and former President George H.W. Bush at Bryant University.

About Sonic Foundry®, Inc.

Sonic Foundry (NASDAQ: SOFO, www.sonicfoundry.com) is the global leader for rich media webcasting and knowledge management, providing enterprise communication solutions for 1,800 customers in education, business and government. Powered by Mediasite, the patented webcasting platform which automates the capture, management, delivery and search of lectures, online training and briefings, Sonic Foundry empowers people to transform the way they communicate. Through the Mediasite platform and its Events Services group, the company helps customers connect a dynamic, evolving world of shared knowledge and envisions a future where learners and workers around the globe use webcasting to bridge time and distance, accelerate research and improve performance.

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