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Online students deserve the same rituals of graduation as place-based students, and the same opportunities to hold reunions with their sometimes worldwide cohort of peers.
Digital graduations and reunions can provide these options for online students, using avatars and appropriate scenes on virtual reality platforms.
Besides the increased engagement with the institution and possibly the alumni association, these virtual convocations can save travel costs otherwise required for the widely distributed online participants to attend in person
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Thirunarayanan, Mandayam, "Digital Graduations and Reunions" (2017). Department of Teaching and Learning. 20.
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