WESTWOOD (CBSLA) — While the pandemic kept UCLA from having commencement ceremonies, it didn’t stop the university from coming up with a safe way to help graduates celebrate.
Graduates put on their caps and gowns and walked across the stage at Drake Stadium Thursday. The graduates each got their names called as family members watched via livestream.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Underway In Pasadena: 'We Are Down To Our Final Days Before State Opens'
Each graduate was allowed to bring two guests and had photo opportunities.
Thursday marked the first of six days of the virtual graduations for each department.READ MORE: Man In His 30s Killed In Carson Shooting
“They haven’t been on campus all year, unfortunately with zoom, so they’re here on campus. It’s a chance for them to bring their family and celebrate.” Deputy Director of Campus Life Karen Hedges. “It’s a big deal graduating from UCLA and we want to do something from them.”
There are 9,000 students graduating from the university this year.MORE NEWS: 1 Killed, 2 Injured In Crash On 14 Freeway In Antelope Valley
UCLA says they want to hold a more traditional commencement for the 2020 and 2021 graduates at a later date.