Robots replace graduates in Taguig cyber ceremony

Robots replace graduates in Taguig cyber ceremony

A virtual graduation is the next best thing—and the only option—when an actual ceremony is not possible.

On 22 May 2020 at 1 p.m., the Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) in Taguig will hold a cyber-graduation ceremony.

Mayor Lino Cayetano and Department of Education and SRCC officials will be at the SRCC Auditorium to hand out symbolic diplomas to robots, who will also don togas.

Nearly 17,000 will graduate from Taguig’s public elementary and high schools this year.

“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” said Dr. George Tizon, education chief of Taguig City.

“This is why we came up with a technology that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting minimum health standards and without breaking policies that prohibit mass gatherings.”

This idea originated from the Taguig City Education Office and the Taguig Robotics Team, a group of SRCC students that had won the city gold medals at international robotics tilts.

The ceremonies will feature four robots fully made of recycled materials. They will be remotely controlled to receive the diploma on behalf the graduate, whose face will be shown on the tablet attached to the robot’s head. Simultaneously, footage of the graduate’s family will be displayed on an LED screen.

“Here, we see beyond the restriction, and launch a pioneering use of technology to rightfully mark the hardships of our graduates and their parents. We refuse to let COVID-19 diminish the value of this momentous event,” said Mayor Cayetano.— Source: Alvin Murcia / tribune.net.ph

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