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In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation


After being off campus the entire academic year, the UCLA Class of 2021 had the rare chance to return – for graduation.

Although they were to have specific time slots, graduates were able to walk through Drake Stadium with their names announced and an image displayed on a monitor, as part of a “Graduation Celebration.”

More than 9,000 students over six days are expected. Some 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to graduate from UCLA this year.

Sukjoung Kwak, right, and Heesoon Kwak take photos of their daughter, Ashley Ku, in a hanbok, a traditional Korean party dress, under her graduation gown.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

With a degree in communications, business and economics, Maddie Park congratulates her parents, Richard and Stephanie Park.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

Ziyan Wu, left, Yuying Wang, Ziqing Jiang and Mingze Li hold their fingers together to form a heart for the photographs at the UCLA graduation ceremony.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

Kimberly Sanchez poses with her 6 month old baby, Alessandra Burnashkin, while earning a physiological science degree.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

Paywand Baghal, a dance and biology graduate, kisses his parents Abdolvahab Baghal, right, and Ommekolson Mobasheri, after he takes the stage.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

Yuying Wang, left, takes a selfie with Ziyan Wu as UCLA graduate students.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

A graduate in biology and chicana / o studies, Jennifer Bribiesca greets her family.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In this COVID-19 year, UCLA students return for graduation

Maddie Park greets her parents, Richard and Stephanie Park.

(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)





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