Japan’s Solution For Graduating Classes During Social Distancing

Business Breakthrough University or BBT University in Tokyo, Japan has developed a communication avatar called Newme. With this, the user is able to operate the avatar robot remotely. Together with ANA Holdings, they introduced Newme last March 28, 2020 at the Hotel Grand Palace.

Source: www.bbt.ac

On the same day of the introduction, they also held what they claim as the world’s first online graduation ceremony. Four graduates received their diplomas from President Kenichi Omae while operating the avatar which has a tablet as the face of the robot.

Source: www.bbt.ac


Source: www.bbt.ac


Source: www.bbt.ac

Source: www.bbt.ac

Other graduates used the app Zoom to watch the ceremony. On a side note, Zoom is currently getting some backlash due to its safety and security as hackers are easily able to hack into the user’s computer and use its camera.

Source: www.bbt.ac

This is a great way for our graduates to still experience the ceremony amid the isolation and social distancing period we’re going through. And although it won’t be the same as the usual ceremonies we’re used to, it’s a good alternative.


Kent Golangco

Kent Golangco was born and raised in the Philippines. He moved to Las Vegas in 2016. Graduated from DLS-College of Saint Benilde in Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration majoring in Marketing Management. Kent has never limited himself by taking up different types of jobs - from banking to operations to compliance and teaching. Believe it or not, he was also into modeling, hosting and a radio personality. He absolutely loves basketball and once in his life, dreamed of being a professional basketball player.