Robots Substitute For Students At Indonesian University’s Graduation Ceremony
Robots received diplomas on behalf of the students, who could not be physically present due to COVID-19 social distancing norms.
The COVID19 pandemic has forced the world to change its way of thinking and accept the new normal, which includes face covering and social distancing. The virus has disrupted the academic calendar across the world, with teachers, students and parents getting used to online classes.
In the latest example of the new normal, the Diponegoro University, Indonesia, conducted a virtual graduation ceremony with robots standing in place of their graduating students. The robots received their diplomas from the rector in front of 2500 students, who were a part of the function through live broadcast. The faces of the top three students from each faculty were displayed on the screen, as representatives of each department.
The robotic ceremony was conducted keeping in mind the social distancing rules due to coronavirus, which has crossed the 1 lakh mark in the country, reporting more than 5000 deaths.
At a time when the entire world is battling against the pandemic, students and their parents remain concerned about the dangers that come with the reopening of schools and colleges. In many parts of the world, educational institutions are unlikely to open their doors physically to their students until a vaccine is in place.
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