With the entire world practicing social distancing, businesses and universities are finding ways to remain in contact and continue conducting business. Luckily, thanks to technology, Business Breakthrough University was able to find a way to still hold a graduation ceremony for their college graduates. Robots. Yep, robots.
Business Breakthrough University held their graduation ceremony at Hotel Grand Palace in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo On March 28th.
Graduate students were able to control a ‘newme’ robot during the ceremony.
They were able to control these robots from a remote location so that they would still have an opportunity to receive their diploma.
At the graduation ceremony, four graduates operated their ‘newme’ while the rest of the graduates watched online by using ZOOM.
The ‘newme’ robot had a tablet with the face of the graduate as well as wheels to resemble the legs.
The robots also include a full graduation gown and hat while it was handed the diploma.
One of the students who controlled one of the robots said, When I enrolled, I never thought I would operate my avatar and attend the graduation ceremony. However, receiving a diploma in public is a novel experience.”
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Dean of Global Business Administration, Professor Shugo Yanaka said, “We hope this initiative will be helpful to educational institutions who are having difficulty holding graduation and entrance ceremonies. “