Students find bizarre and innovative ways to commemorate their graduations despite having to stay home.
As Singapore continues its circuit breaker measures, ITE and polytechnics have since cancelled their "Class of 2020" graduation ceremonies. In light of this, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung wrote a Facebook post to comfort and encourage this batch of graduates.
Despite this setback, several youths have discovered innovative ways to commemorate this significant milestone, whilst staying home.
Here are some ways you can graduate from home...with a twist!
1. Build your own Minecraft graduation stage
Welcome to one of Minecraft's virtual, self-built graduation ceremonies!
PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM ETHAN ONG'S YOUTUBE
Since physical gatherings are banned, some students took it upon themselves to arrange their own graduation on Minecraft.
On Apr 10, a video of the Temasek Polytechnic (TP) "graduation ceremony" was posted on YouTube and Reddit. It featured a virtual re-creation of the entire graduation hall, from the stage podium to floral decorations. They even included fireworks for the momentous occasion.
The group of students gathered in the virtual graduation hall and patiently awaited their turn to receive their diplomas on stage. Student Kash Yiah even gave a speech – similar to a valedictorian's address – to the graduating cohort.
He said: "When we all DC (disconnect) tonight from this server, you'll all take home an artificial diploma, and you'll know that you have now unlocked a new level in your lives."
It is not only polytechnic students who can have an online graduation ceremony - eight elementary school students in Japan had theirs on Minecraft too!
2. Send a robot in your place
Amidst the state of emergency in Japan, the Business Breakthrough University (BBT) in Tokyo held a small-scale graduation ceremony.
Although the university staff and media representatives were physically present, the four students attended the ceremony via robots instead.
The students logged on via laptops from home and their faces were reflected individually on the robot's tablets as they controlled their avatars remotely.
This allowed them to adhere to safe distancing measures and still celebrate their long-awaited graduation with honour.
The graduation video went viral on YouTube and other social media platforms for its innovativeness.
3. Conduct your own graduation ceremony at home
Since you are stuck at home, and so is your family, why not join hands (or feet, because social distancing) and have your own personal graduation ceremony!
Take it from graduating high school senior, Mckayla Lutz, whose family helped fulfil her graduation dream from the comfort of her home.
She even commemorated the COVID-19 season by observing health and safety precautions.
In the video, Mckayla wore a pair of surgical gloves, sanitised her hands before entering the "stage" to collect her diploma (in a ziplock bag), and exited after a foot-shake with the guest-of-honour!
PHOTO CREDIT: SCREENSHOT FROM LOVEME_LETMEEATYOURBRAINS' INSTAGRAM
Meanwhile, in Apalit, Philippines, four-year-old Azrael Tuazon also had a graduation ceremony of his own to commemorate his transition from daycare to kindergarten.
In the viral Facebook video, the young graduate received a diploma together with several other awards for his outstanding performance!
Instead of feeling helpless about having to miss your graduation ceremonies this year, spending some time on funny activities like these can be a good way to cope with the mental strain and boredom of being cooped up at home.
With a little creativity, these graduating students could commemorate the end of their tertiary education and entry into adulthood. Who is to say you cannot have a memorable graduation even in difficult times?
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