The Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai took ‘virtual graduation’ to the another level by awarding medals and degrees to the digital avatars of their students. The 58th annual convocation ceremony of IIT-Bombay was held in virtual reality due to the virtual graduation. Even though students along with the chief guest Nobel prize winner Professor Duncan Haldane couldn’t gather for the convocation, they attended the ceremony via digital avatars on a virtual stage.

“Keeping in view the safety measures during the ongoing pandemic, the institute held its convocation in virtual reality mode for its graduating students,” the IIT- Bombay said in a statement.

“A personalised avatar of each graduate received the degree certificate from the personalised avatar of director professor Subhasis Chaudhari. The medallists also received their medals from the personalised avatar of the chief guest,” the institute added.

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The participants were 3D avatars of the actual students and the ceremony was broadcasted live to their computers.It created quite a buzz among students, who took to social media to post snippets from the ceremony. 

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It took a team of around 20 people more than two months to put together this beautiful ceremony.Well, it sure looked like a convocation the students will remember for a long time. Congratulations to the graduates of Subhasis Chaudhari