Old traditions, new forms: Virtual celebrations honor graduates


For the first time in UCLA’s 100 years, commencement has been postponed, but virtual ceremonies have sprung up in their place to celebrate this year’s nearly 14,000 graduates.

Most schools and departments already plan to reschedule in-person ceremonies once the novel coronavirus pandemic eases enough to make group gatherings safe. Meanwhile, the current celebrations will be a mix of new and old as staff seek out creative ways to bring a century of tradition to students in entirely new formats.

“Despite the current challenges, this is an important moment to celebrate the hard work, brilliance, sacrifices and successes of our graduates,” said Chancellor Gene Block. “We want graduates and their families and friends to feel all of the pride and joy that they so richly deserve.”

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