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

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After being off campus the entire academic year, UCLA’s class of 2021 got the rare chance to return — for graduation.

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

More than 9,000 students over six days are expected to participate. Some 14,000 undergraduates and graduate students are expected to receive their degrees from UCLA this year.

Sukjoung Kwak, right, and Heesoon Kwak take photos of their daughter, Ashley Ku, wearing a hanbok, a traditional Korean celebratory dress, under her graduation robe.

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Graduating with a degree in Communication Studies and Business/Economics, Maddie Park gives a thumbs up

Graduating with a degree in communication studies, and business and economics, Maddie Park gives a thumbs up to her parents, Richard and Stephanie Park.

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Ziyan Wu, Yuying Wang, Ziqing Jiang and Mingze Li, left to right, hold their fingers together to form a heart

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

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Kimberly Sanchez, 22, poses for photos holding her 6-month-old baby Alessandra Burnashkin

Kimberly Sanchez poses with her 6-month-old, Alessandra Burnashkin, while graduating with a degree in physiological science.

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Paywand Baghal, graduating with a degree in Dance and Biology hugs his parents

Paywand Baghal, graduating with a degree in dance and biology, hugs his parents, Abdolvahab Baghal, right, and Ommekolson Mobasheri, after he walked the stage.

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

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

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Graduating with a degree in biology and Chicana/o Studies, Jennifer Bribiesca waves to her family.

Graduating with a degree in biology and Chicana/o Studies, Jennifer Bribiesca waves to her family.

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Graduating with a degree in Communication Studies and Business/Economics, Maddie Park waves

Maddie Park waves to her parents, Richard and Stephanie Park.

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