A public high school in Taguig city of the Philippines held its first-ever cyber-graduation ceremony on Friday to celebrate the Class of 2020. According to Philippine News Agency (PNA), a web-based newswire service of the Philippines government, around 180 students of Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) participated in the event.
The idea originated from the Taguig City Education Office and the school’s robotics team, which had won gold medals at international robotics tilts.
As per the PNA report, the ceremony featured four robots made of recycled materials and was operated by remote controls to represent the students.
Watch the video here:
Watch: Filipino students attend “cyber-graduation” ceremony pic.twitter.com/J2sdZilJ4F
— TIME (@TIME) May 22, 2020
Videos of the virtual graduation ceremony, which was widely shared on social media, showed robots in graduation robes receiving diplomas on behalf of the students. Live videos of the graduates were also displayed on the heads of the robots, which were fitted with a LED screen as their names were called to receive the diploma.
Take a look at some reactions here:
OMG I don’t know whether this is worse than not attending at all
— Anda Ziemele (@1xW__) May 22, 2020
Close yet so far away !! How incredibly sad yet smart and sweet all at the same time, TIME
— Jeannie Webber (@jeanniecaroline) May 23, 2020
Appreciate the school management
— Paul D T N (@Paultherah) May 22, 2020
lol….it’s kinda cute and creepy at the same time. Congrats to them tho.
— Ashley (@A32245468) May 22, 2020
This is inspiring and disturbing at the same time. COVID-19 really is screwing up our lives.
— Ken (@EhLitenUp) May 22, 2020
— Cris (@quemedeheya) May 22, 2020
Sheldon Cooper would approve
— Shubha Roy (@shubharoyal) May 22, 2020
Black Mirror feelings…
— André Castro (@andrebdecastro) May 22, 2020
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