Oxfordshire business helps doctors graduate early in virtual ceremony

Rich Belcher of First Sight Media

A video production and live streaming business based in Carterton, Oxfordshire, has provided its services for free to enable the next generation of doctors from the University of Plymouth to graduate two months early as part of an interactive and virtual ceremony.

First Sight Media is now extending its offer to provide free technical and event support to all UK universities that have a healthcare faculty graduating early to ensure students experience a live and interactive virtual ceremony before joining the fight against COVID-19.

With family and friends able to watch live and share their congratulations during the ceremony, or catch up afterwards on YouTube, the virtual event saw nearly 70 medics from the University of Plymouth ‘crossing the stage,’ some with homemade mortarboards. The ceremony also included traditional speeches from senior University staff and NHS leaders in the South West, in addition to the calling of names with a vote of thanks.

University of Plymouth’s drs graduating thanks to First Sight MediaRich Belcher, Managing Director, First Sight Media, added: “We were honoured to support the next generation of doctors from the University of Plymouth and to assist them in sharing their special moment with family and friends.  A virtual graduation allows graduates to feel part of the celebration and highlights the important role virtual events and live streaming plays for universities and event organisers right now and in the future.

“The First Sight Media team has quickly pivoted and applied some of our existing solutions to deliver virtual graduations and live events depending on the level of interactivity and delivery channel preferred. From digital ceremonies, those including more user generated and social content to completely managed virtual productions, allowing us to still deliver graduation content for our customers during these different times.”

Professor Sube Banerjee, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health at the University of Plymouth, said: “The way in which these young doctors are putting themselves forward to serve the country and the health service is truly humbling.  The University is incredibly proud and although their graduation ceremony is different to normal, it is no less special and no less important.

“We would like to thank the professional team at First Sight Media for helping us to deliver the University’s inaugural online graduation.  We have already received fantastic feedback from students involved and look forward to the possibility of working with the First Sight Media team in the future.”

First Sight produces 650 annual graduation ceremonies across 40 per cent of the UK’s universities in addition to its other work with local and international brands.