Media reported that Purdue University’s Global Academy will allow some graduates to participate in the 2020 graduation ceremony through virtual reality. About 75 students will receive a Google Cardboard-style VR gadget for a 360-degree panoramic ceremony. Later this week, about 400 students will attend the ceremony in Los Angeles.
It is reported that the project was conceived with the help of Purdue University’s Center for Research computing ideas. Its commitment to VR training simulations and similar projects sounds much more complex than the implementation of static cameras.
“At the beginning of the ceremony, students will feel like they’re in the parade with other graduates on the scene,” says Patti Pelletier. VR participants can also take to the stage to hear their names announced, and then see their photos before returning to their seats.”
According to the press release, the cameraman will wear the Insta360 Pro II camera at the ceremony and stream live footage to YouTube’s panoramic video broadcast platform. (In addition, there’s a regular version of the live video on Facebook)
The program is aimed at students who are unable to attend graduation ceremonies in Los Angeles, and like many other VR programs, the event can help the school achieve good publicity.