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Watch Blockeley, UC Berkeley’s online Minecraft commencement

Student-led virtual commencement in Blockelely University virtual world features Chancellor Carol Christ, musical performances

The simulated graduation stage in Memorial Stadium, built using Minecraft
Stage for Blockeley University commencement in California Memorial Stadium. (Image by Blockeley University)
After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled in-person commencement festivities, a group of students built a virtual UC Berkeley called Blockeley University and held a virtual commencement on Saturday. (UC Berkeley video)

A team of more than 100 UC Berkeley students built the virtual Blockeley University in the popular Minecraft video game. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, hundreds of graduating UC Berkeley students attend a virtual, mock commencement ceremony in an animated version of Memorial Stadium — complete with “Pomp and Circumstance,” remarks by Chancellor Carol Christ, the conferring of degrees, “Hail to California” and flying mortarboards.

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