This COVID-19 pandemic has made us miss so many things we held close to our heart. Whether it was the IPL, or the Tokyo Olympics or students who missed their convocation, to celebrate their achievement with their fellow students.
While several colleges tried with convocation ceremonies online, through a video call, the impact wasn’t as strong as intended. However, IIT Bombay surely took this to a whole new level at its 58th convocation that was held on Sunday.
Students attended the IIT Bombay convocation as if COVID-19 didn’t exist – without facemasks sitting next to each other in a tightly packed auditorium. Although all this happened virtually. The institution created 3D avatars of each of the students and using CGI (computer-generated imagery) they made the students walk up to the stage as they were awarded their degrees.
Along with the students were professor Duncan Haldane, co-recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics who was present as the Chief guest, as well as Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of Blackstone who was there as the guest of honour.
A team of 20 individuals were responsible for bringing the convocation to life, digitally all from the 3D rendered avatars of the students to the procession and ceremony that concluded the event.
Along with this, students also got access to a digital avatar of the entire campus where they could walk through the halls, classrooms and loiter with other friends and relive their memories once more.