Purdue online students can now graduate in VR

Purdue Global virtual reality commencement headset

Purdue University Global will let some graduates join its 2020 commencement ceremony through virtual reality. Around 75 students will get a Google Cardboard-style VR viewer and watch the ceremony through a 360-degree camera feed alongside around 400 other students who will attend the ceremony in Los Angeles later this week.

The project was conceived with help from Purdue’s Research Computing Envision Center, which works on VR training simulations and similar projects. And it sounds more elaborate than a simple static camera. “When the ceremony begins, [students] will feel like they are in the procession line marching with the on-site graduates,” says Patti Pelletier of Purdue University Global. “The virtual graduates will walk onto the…

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