19 March 2020 07:09

A group of elementary school kids in Japan have designed their own graduation ceremony in Minecraft.

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Quarantined Students In Japan are Holding Graduations on 'Minecraft' After Schools Were Shut Down

Most nations have declared a complete lockdown due to the rapid surge in coronavirus cases. Schools and colleges have been closed for indefinite period to avoid transmission of the virus. In such a situation, a number of students will be missing out on their graduation ceremony this year, an important part of a student's life. The COVID-19 crisis has made students come up with innovative tricks and ideas. A group of elementary school kids in Japan have designed their own graduation ceremony in Minecraft.


As the video shows, the kids come together for the ceremony, where they receive felicitations. For the unversed, Minecraft is a sandbox video game which let players explore a blocky, pixelated 3D world. But some elementary school children have come up with a pretty creative solution. SoraNews24 reports that one group of students held their graduation in the video game Minecraft, where they don't need to worry about coronavirus. The publication shared and translated a series of tweets from one of the student's relatives, which have since gone viral in Japan.

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Japanese students are using Minecraft to enjoy their school graduation virtually, in spite of a coronavirus lockdown. Japanese schools have been closed for over two weeks due to COVID-19 and, with the Japanese school year ending in March, it's meant many students won't have their graduation ceremonies, according to SoraNews24. However, graduates from one elementary school found they could use Minecraft to create their own ceremony. Without any school or parental oversight, kids designed their own assembly hall, and gathered on a server to play out their graduation online. SoraNews24 translated the following tweets as: "They spent all day online together playing games and laughing.

I'm glad they all had fun," and "The assembly hall is also really well made." Minecraft continues to be a great platform for people to let their imagination run free in all sorts of ways. This is just another example of how it's more than a game for people all around the world. It's only a matter of time until more creative ideas like these arise with various game events frequently being cancelled. Many companies are already planning digital alternatives as Microsoft announced earlier this month. Other ways people are using Minecraft as a world parallel to ours include a recently created virtual library for fighting censorship. If you're looking for more Minecraft content, be sure to check out the Nether update and our Minecraft wiki for guides. Jeffrey Lerman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @Snakester95.