The first worldwide virtual degree ceremony took place at 16:00 BST
on March 31st 2000. This ceremony was the first in the Open University
calendar for 2000, and therefore the first in the new millennium.
The Vice Chancellor presided in the Berrill lecture theatre of the Open
University campus in Milton Keynes, whilst the event was webcast to
the world. The ceremony was aimed at the worldwide body of students
who graduated from the Masters Programme in Open and Distance Education.
Given that this was a small body of students (the graduating cohort
was only 26) and that as they were from as far afield as Taiwan, the
US, Iceland and Hong Kong, this was felt to be a most appropriate vehicle
for their graduation.
A web based ceremony
was also felt to be a suitable venue for the presentation of an honorary
degree to Tim Berners-Lee.
Our ideas to support this ceremony included using a student-generated
yearbook, and phone-in audio notes to add a personalized flavour to
A limited number of virtual tickets were issued to faculty and invited
A KMi Stadium Project