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UCLA 2021 graduation ceremonies are hybrid of ‘stage walks’ and virtual events

Commencement at UCLA rolled out differently this year due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Graduates were, however, able to physically take part in a “Graduate Celebration,” a procession with a stage walk during the first in a series of ceremonies on Thursday, June 10 at Drake Stadium on the Westwood campus. Ceremonies were scheduled to continue through June 15.

Graduates were allowed to choose two people to walk with them during their pre-scheduled time slot. The class of 2021 included more than 9,600 undergraduates and more than 4,500 graduate students.

Guests of each graduate waited by the stage as the graduate’s name was announced during their stage crossing. Graduates had their photos taken before the stage cross, on stage, and a posed photo, taken with their guests after the stage cross if they chose.

The “Graduate Celebration” events were live-streamed on YouTube from a link on the university’s website.

The UCLA College Virtual Ceremony was presented at 6 p.m. on June 11. College of Letters and Science virtual celebrations are scheduled at various times and dates from June 11-13. The Professional School virtual events began on May 21 and run through June 13.

UCLA has stated on its website that the class of 2020 will be invited to attend an in-person commencement when it is safe to have a large gathering.

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