Encore delivered the University of Sydney’s first ever hybrid celebration for the class of 2020’s 18,000 graduands/graduates. It celebrated the achievements of every student graduating that year and was delivered to an impressive 6,000 online guests from 90 countries around the world.
Celebration MC: Mathematics extraordinaire and YouTube sensation, Eddie Woo.
With live events prohibited under COVID 19 restrictions at the time, the graduations team at the University of Sydney approached Encore to deliver the celebration event in a hybrid format.
The client had serious concerns about how the event would look and that the graduating class would get a professional, engaging experience to celebrate their success. In addition, there were concerns about broadcasting to multiple countries concurrently, in particular to China as the event was to be delivered concurrently worldwide.
Limited places for in-person attendees in accordance with COVID restrictions and Encore’s MeetSAFE guidelines.
Encore presented the perfect solution, the intuitive Chime Live platform which features all aspects you would expect from an in-person event, plus live engagement for everyone to be involved via the platform’s ability to integrate Instagram, Facebook and Twitter messages using the hashtag #USydClassof2020.
NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, addressing in-person and virtual attendees.
The event was streamed live from the Great Hall at the University of Sydney featuring speeches and entertainment for the thousands of online viewers. It was a virtual hit with large numbers of students sharing photos from homes wearing their gowns and celebrating with loved ones. Posts included:
— Tania Rhodes-Taylor (@TRhodesTaylor) September 3, 2020
Congratulations to the #usydclassof2020! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 What a year to graduate. A world-changing moment that humanity will remember. And cudos also to the @Sydney_Uni team that produced this first-ever #usyd online graduation ceremony. What a great event! #usydonline pic.twitter.com/gN4anCQ5zQ
— Martin Tomitsch (@martintom) September 3, 2020
Not the “traditional” University Graduation Ceremony I had thought of at the beginning of my tertiary studies but definitely still a memorable night celebrating with family 🎓 #usydclassof2020 virtual grad! pic.twitter.com/rN7yVwfKKH
— Jennifer McDonald (@JenMcDonald460) September 3, 2020
Amazing work by Sydney Uni to commemorate this event for 18000 graduates. It couldn’t have been easy for graduates not being able to live out their dream of a graduation ceremony. This event was an elegant recognition of an achievement in a difficult year. #usydclassof2020
— jacaranda (@Randall87454048) September 6, 2020
Our client Cristina Dietmann, Events Manager, University of Sydney was delighted with the result commenting,
“We were all very concerned about changing the event to virtual. Graduations have been delivered in a similar way at the University for 140 years. Graduation is such a special time for our students and we didn’t want to delay it.”
“The Encore team were terrific! They were so knowledgeable about the technology and made me feel totally at ease. The event went without a hitch and we were delighted. Feedback from both Academics and attendees was really positive.”
“Whilst we look forward to being able to do live, in-person graduations in the future, this was a great way to ensure our students could celebrate and not have to wait even longer.”