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Graduating student to make mark on campus with Google Glass

Posted: 04/02/2014

Already used to capture everything from surgeries and symphonies in action to the work of pilots in midair, Google Glass will document what it’s like to graduate from Roosevelt University when senior Jake Counselbaum wears the device as he walks across the stage of the Auditorium Theatre for his diploma on May 2.

“I hope to be able to offer a new perspective and different point of view on what it’s like to graduate,” said Counselbaum, a 22-year-old Vernon Hills native who was chosen to test the device and has been wearing it all over Chicagoland since November 2013.

A wearable computer attached to a pair of spectacle frames that the intergrated marketing communications major straps on his head approximately three times a week,  Glass is an extension of a smart phone that enables the student, by voice command, to activate email, look at Facebook, send tweets and texts or see the weather, latest news and surf the Internet.

“It allows me to pull out my phone less often and I don’t have to look down at a hand held device, which should save me from neck problems down the road,” said Counselbaum,  among thousands selected since 2012 to test the device that could be on the market to consumers later this year or in 2015.

The graduating senior will share what he knows about Glass with fellow Roosevelt students, giving them a chance to wear his device during a session called “Hands on With Google Glass” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April  8 in Roosevelt’s Gage Building, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

“We’re always looking for opportunities to get students excited about technology and this will be an occasion when our students will get to experience the cutting edge that is Glass,” said Tyra Robertson, Roosevelt’s director of instructional technology and one of the organizers of the April 8 event.

Counselbaum, who plans to continue working in social media, website development and design after graduation, is looking forward to using his device to record what he believes will be the very first Google Glass graduation. 

“You’ll be able to see my hands grasping the diploma as well as my arm reaching out to shake the congratulatory hand of President Chuck Middleton,” said Counselbaum, who plans to put his unique perspective on the University’s Commencement, which begins at 10 a.m. Friday, May 2, over social media.

“I plan to start recording the minute they call my graduating group up and then announce my name,” he said. “It’s going to be a moment recorded live that I can tweet out to all of my family and friends.”