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University entrance and graduation ceremonies in S. Korea held online amid COVID-19 pandemic Updated: 2021-02-23 10:01:57 KST

A huge screen filled with the faces of students takes center stage in an auditorium.
Dozens of excited university freshmen have turned on their cameras, to attend their entrance ceremony.
In a sign of the times, annual ceremonies for many universities are being held online this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And accordingly, Dongguk University held its very first virtual entrance ceremony on Monday.

"We wanted to let the students know their college life has begun, so we designed this non-contact event."

Though the freshmen did not get to set foot on campus, many are looking forward to learning and meeting their new friends.

"I want to visit educational broadcasting stations,… learn coding,… but I want to meet my friends in-person the most."

Graduation ceremonies are also being held across the nation,… but they too are being held virtually instead of in-person.

"Today's graduation ceremony for Yonsei University will be broadcast online to prevent the spread of COVID-19."

For just a short moment,… graduates remove their masks, to take pictures of themselves in what for many is a once-in-a-lifetime event.

"It is disappointing, but I think it's okay because of the current Covid-19 situation, but I'm a little disappointed to finish school this way.

The prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the beginning and end of college life for students in South Korea.
Freshmen and seniors alike will hope to see their campuses again filled with people and joy in the near future.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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