2013 Virtual University of Edinburgh Graduation – School of Education

For five years since 2009 the University of Edinburgh has offered its distance education and remote new graduates the option to graduate in Second Life, alongside the real world ceremony in the McEwan Hall on Edinburgh’s campus. Such Virtual Graduations have taken places in several schools including Education and the Vet School. The facilities have won an EDUblog Award and appeared in the media and press, including on the BBC’s web site. Some new graduates have even graduated in real life and as avatars in Second Life simultaneously to join in the celebrations in both communities [see Blog Post]. The Principal of the University of Edinburgh, Prof. Sir Tim O’Shea, himself an educational technology innovator, properly introduces the virtual graduates to the McEwan Hall audience, who can see the virtual world Venue@Vue facility on a large screen in the hall, and the new virtual graduates involved in the ceremony appear in the official programme.

The School of Education graduation ceremony in the afternoon of 29th November 2013 was streamed into Second Life…


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Congratulations to the new graduates…

  • Sharon Boyd – SharonB
  • Janet Donaldson – Jazzers78
  • David Foster – Emil Huckleberry
  • Adrian Hudd – urbanpedagogy
  • George McCormack – Geo MacMoragh
  • Jackie Watson – Jackie08

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View from McEwan Hall from hub.digital.education.ed.ac.uk

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MSc Digital Education Virtual Graduation streamed live into McEwan Hall,
November 2013. Photograph by Douglas Robertson

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One Response to 2013 Virtual University of Edinburgh Graduation – School of Education

  1. Brad Lewis says:

    Thanks for sharing this blog. I think that this blog will help us to know about the benefits of virtual school online

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