HEFEI, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Instead of
taking a triumphant walk across the stage and tossing caps in the air
amid a sea of classmates, Wu Yu'ang, a 23-year-old student from Hefei
University of Technology, attended his graduation ceremony via his
laptop at home.
The special ceremony
was partially virtual, with fewer than 400 graduates and a few teachers
physically present, wearing masks, and more than 9,600 students in
"It's a pity to
be absent, yet the livestreaming allowed us to experience this ritual at
home, and share our feelings online by posting comments, which is one
of the best ways during this extraordinary period," said Wu.
is among a total of 8.74 million students in China who are expected to
graduate from college this year. Due to COVID-19, many universities host
virtual graduation ceremonies to make up for their students' regrets.
like many college graduates, Wu once conceived several plans for this
milestone in his life. "I planned to have a graduation trip with my
friends and then take some innovative photos with my classmates," he
Those plans were all suspended
due to the epidemic. However, the necessary processes and rituals for
graduation were still in place.
we can't get together to take a graduation photo as we are required to
return to school in batches, we plan to create a vlog separately when we
get back, and edit it into a complete video, which is also memorable,"
A recent survey conducted
by the China Youth Daily found that 88.6 percent of new Chinese college
graduates celebrated their graduation in digital form amid the COVID-19
epidemic. They did this by making graduation videos, watching graduation
ceremonies and buying academicals online.
Anhui Medical College in east China's Anhui Province, a livestreaming
graduation party attracted some 16,000 viewers across the nation.
Thirty-four students and teachers sang songs in the college, and another
132 students performed a virtual chorus at their homes.
recorded our respective parts at home in advance, and finally
integrated them into a complete chorus," said Chen Chunhong, one of the
participants of the event. "Seeing the comments and wishes posted by my
classmates online, it seems like they are right here by my side. This is
the best graduation gift for me."
Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, students from
Changchun Institute of Technology recreated the entire school in a
computer game, allowing students and teachers to visit the campus,
attend the graduation ceremony and take photos.
The developers also added many familiar roles, including dorm supervisors and security guards, to make the game more realistic.
have too many memories from these four years at the college, and these
scenes in the game revived our memories," said a student who visited the
"Over the past
months, we have moved our classes, recruitment procedures and graduation
events online. These are special measures taken in a special period. We
want to bring a happy ending to students' college lives with those
innovative ways," said Liang Liang, president of Hefei University of