Graduating from college and collecting your diploma in the presence of your family and friends is a honour that most people remember for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken that experience away from a number of students around the world.
As a way to replicate to this iconic moment for its students, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) has decided to hold a virtual graduation ceremony, but instead of simply holding a zoom meeting to congratulate those who have graduated, IIT Bombay went down a different route.
On Sunday, 24 August the university created avatars for each of its 2,000 graduates, faculty members, and speakers. Student avatars were able to walk across the stage and collect their diplomas and were also able to congregate with other student avatars as well as explore the virtual campus.
“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,” Prof. Subhasis Chaudhuri, the director of IIT Bombay, said. “They did it for the students. Hopefully this will enthuse our graduates as well as other engineers in the country to think big and think innovatively.”
Take a look at a few of the graduation clips shared to twitter by students;
LIVE from #IITBombay Virtual Convocation:
President of India’s Medal for 2020 goes to Sahil Hiral Shah, https://t.co/EdUFpsUBTU in Computer Science & Engineering
— PIB in Maharashtra 🇮🇳 (@PIBMumbai) August 23, 2020
Honored to receive a Ph.D. degree at 58th Convocation @iitbombay. The Committee presented everyone with cool personalized avatars. I thank @iitbombay, lovely people from my beloved department CUSE, and @DrArnabJana for constant support and everlasting fun. pic.twitter.com/qyCCjaEFcz
— deepank verma (@verma_deepank) August 23, 2020
Proud moment for our family!
My nephew @BohemianMohit was awarded @iitbombay Silver Medal for academic excellence in MTech (specialization in Energy Systems Engg). It was presented in the 58th ‘virtual’ Convocation today by Dr Duncan Haldane @NobelPrize Laureate in Physics(2016). pic.twitter.com/b7Z9GRMQo2
— Arabinda K Padhee (@arvindpadhee) August 23, 2020