2,000 Student Avatars March in Indian University’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony

2,000 Student Avatars March in Indian University’s Virtual Graduation Ceremony
Ryan General
August 25, 2020
One of India’s top technical universities found a way to honor its graduates amid the current pandemic by conducting a virtual ceremony.
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Cyber diploma: Over 2,000 graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) earned their technical stripes via a virtual convocation ceremony on Sunday.
  • Each participating student, faculty member and speaker was represented by an avatar specially created in their likeness by the university. 
  • Much like in a normal ceremony, the students received their diplomas after climbing up a virtual stage.
  • Wearing their customized outfits, the students proudly strutted across the stage, exchanged handshakes and pecks on the cheek as they would in real-world graduation. 
  • IIT Bombay broadcast the ceremony on Indian television channels, Facebook Live and YouTube.
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Maintaining a tradition: According to the university administration, the virtual ceremony was created so the students would not be deprived of the “pride” of marching on the graduation stage because of COVID-19.
  • The graduation ceremony was made possible by a team of around 20 people over the past two months, News18 reported.
  • Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the director of IIT Bombay said in a statement: “Providing a virtual reality experience to all our graduates needed not only highly innovative steps but also a tremendous effort by our professors and staff.”
  • Chaudhuri said he hopes the ceremony would inspire the new graduates to become big thinkers and innovators.
  • On Twitter, students, faculty and family members shared clips and gifs from the ceremony.
  • Twitter even highlighted the special event in a Twitter moment.
Feature Image via IIT Bombay Official Channel
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