UBD Holds 32nd Convocation Ceremony
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Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) held its 32nd Convocation Ceremony to celebrate the graduating students of 2020 at UBD's Chancellor Hall on Monday, 2 November 2020. The Ceremony was graced by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Chancellor of UBD and His Royal Highness Prince (Dr) Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Ibni Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, Pro-Chancellor of UBD.

This year saw a total of 1,182 graduates from the eighth batch of UBD's distinctive GenNext programme, consisting of 40 PhD graduates, 265 Master graduates, 805 Bachelor graduates as well as 65 Graduate Diploma and 7 Diploma recipients. 561 PhD and Bachelor Degree graduates received their certificates from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam during the morning session, while the remaining 621 graduates comprising Masters and Bachelor Degree graduates with the Graduate Diploma and Diploma recipients received their certificates in the afternoon from His Royal Highness The Crown Prince.

After the presentation of graduation scrolls, His Majesty viewed a special exhibition which featured a research project by graduating student Nurbazilah Haji Metussin on a Hand Gesture Recognition device. The project aimed to develop a Natural User Interface (NUI) using hand gesture recognition to control different devices and systems. The model was developed to control appliances of a smart home using a video camera and machine learning models. NUI is not only convenient but can help those with disabilities to carry out daily activities such as switching on and off lights or sounding an alarm.

This year's convocation ceremony was organised and coordinated closely with the Ministry of Health, in view of the current COVID-19 situation. Pre-event precautionary measures included mandatory swab tests and self-quarantine instructions for all graduates, invited guests and the organizing committee. On the event day, graduates and guests at the Chancellor Hall were required to under temperature and BruHealth app screening whereas parents and guardians were accommodated at satellite sites on campus where they could view the ceremony via live broadcasting.

In conjunction with this year's convocation ceremony, a virtual Convo Run 2020, co-organised by the Office of Alumni Relations and Advancement (OARA), UBD and the UBD Students Association (PMUBD) is open to UBD students, staff, alumni and members of the public. Allowing for participants to run anywhere and at any time for a duration of one month, categories for the virtual run includes a 3km Fun Run, 10km Run, 21km Half Marathon, 42km Full Marathon, and 100km Run Challenge.

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