Saturday, May 8, 2021

The End of Flux?

From the LA Times: ...UCLA’s plans (for spring graduation) were in flux through the week. At first the university offered students a stage moment without guests — but few other details.

“It’s chaos,” said Jill Spector, a UCLA parent. “And the fact that it’s less than six weeks away is ... so disrespectful to these kids and these families that have worked really hard this past year.” Her daughter Rebekah was more resigned. “It’s disappointing, but this whole year has been disappointing,” she said.

But UCLA changed course Friday and announced that its graduates, too, could bring two guests to an outdoor procession and “individual recognition events” at Drake Stadium on campus. Beginning May 25, students will be able to register for time slots during ceremonies scheduled every day between June 10-15.

“While the current realities of the pandemic limit our ability to fully commemorate the accomplishments of our UCLA graduates, we hope that the inclusion of guests ... will help us honor our students while also acknowledging the families, friends and partners who do so much to support our graduating Bruins,” Monroe Gorden Jr., vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a campus-wide message...

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