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Immersive UEL Convocation ceremony wows students

Convocation ceremony takes place online, for the first time, to showcase the vibrant, careers-led UEL community

University of East London students from around the globe virtually attended the University’s Welcome Convocation.

The ceremony was held online for the first time on 29 January and organisers created a high tech, exciting, immersive experience. Convocation formally welcomes students into the University community.

The ceremony showcased the University’s wide array of services, with a focus on those that provide career opportunities. Students attended from around the globe including countries such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Nepal and Germany.

Andy Gan, an MBA with Industrial Placement student, said, “The virtual Convocation was amazing. Whilst the virtual experience cannot beat the real experience of being on-campus, it was fun, nevertheless.

“During the session, I was able to visit some of the booths and engage with some of the Career Zone officers and UEL Volunteering to learn more about the opportunities available to me as a UEL student. Overall, the platform was very interactive and I hope there will be more external industrial and professional events hosted in this way.”

Reece Parkinson, a University of East London alumnus as well as current BBC 1Xtra host, hosted the virtual event. Reece explored some areas of the University including the volunteering services and the alumni department. These areas provide key skills to students, both during their time at the University and after they graduate, putting them at the front of an ever-changing jobs market.

Attendees were encouraged to explore each virtual stand and collect phoenix badges. The phoenix is the University’s mascot and a representation of its rich heritage and future. Students who collected all phoenix badges will be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon vouchers.

Carley Owen, events manager at the University, said, “Convocation is designed with our students in mind. It has been an honour and a privilege to design an immersive event which provides our students with a holistic view of the University. A key value of the University is to prepare our graduates for the world of work, and we are continually developing new ways to achieve this through our events and ensure our students are at the heart of what we do.”