Miami Class of 2015 alumnus Austin Mace and his team at Subvrsive, an immersive innovation studio, developed this experience as an exclusive to Miami. Mace’s Emmy-nominated company specializes in virtual reality events.
“The Miami way is solution-oriented, innovative, entrepreneurial,” Mace said. “We wanted to capture that for this celebration.”
Miami’s Glenn Platt initially reached out to Mace, a former student, with an idea to produce something unique, which is what the virtual attendees will experience.
For each ceremony, participants choose an avatar and enter the virtual space.
“We chose to create ‘The Hub’ of Miami’s Oxford campus – it’s the heart and soul of central campus that includes the university seal, the Upham Hall arches and more — representative of beloved Miami traditions,” Mace said.
The University of Cincinnati postponed its spring 2020 commencement ceremonies, though all graduates were still certified as having earned their respective diplomas, according to university spokeswoman M.B. Reilly. She said no future date for a ceremony has yet been set.
Xavier University postponed its commencement ceremonies to Aug. 8 at the Cintas Center. However the Class of 2020 will be graduated officially on Saturday, according to Doug Ruschman, Xavier spokesman. He said the university will hold online senior week events each day this week that will be capped off Saturday by an address by Father Michael Graham, the university’s president.