Austin graduated in person in the McEwan Hall. Ai Austin the avatar was in the audience in the virtual graduation on the Virtual University of Edinburgh (Venue @ Vue) facility in Second Life, and Austin was remotely present and represented via the Be Austin avatar — a Machine Intelligence (“Mi”) and chatbot equipped “Personal Satellite Avatar (PSA)”. Austin used an iPod with the Pocket Metaverse Viewer and made use of a Twitter feed on #edslgrad. The usual Eduroam wifi connection was not available, but wifi links were kindly provided by Nicola Osborne, a fellow graduand on the day, via her iPhone wifi hotspot. Other colleagues and friends with their avatars recorded the event in-world using movies and still shots.
See http://atate.org/mscel/grad/ for more details.