Today, UCLA says goodbye to the Class of 2013. Even though classes are over and Hill residents are gone for the summer, campus is vibrating with the energy of eager graduating students and their proud families. Below are some highlights from Sunday’s graduation ceremonies. Congrats, Class of 2013!
9:15 a.m. Traffic has died down and Bruin Plaza seems rather empty, but hundreds of families are packed into campus, watching the ongoing ceremonies, including political science, ecology and evolutionary biology, mathematics and history. Environmental science student Kymberly Alvarez (right) waits for her graduation to begin as her proud dad dons a blue mask and beads.
9:30 a.m. A long line is forming outside of Royce Hall for the communication studies graduation ceremony. Our very own blogger Kassy Cho is waiting near the front because she knows a thing or two about the long lines at UCLA.
9:59 a.m. Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics students do one last 8 clap before graduating. Their chants echo throughout Powell Courtyard.
10:15 a.m. “We have 10 times as many bacteria in our bodies than we do actual cells,” Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Department Chair Jeffrey Miller said during his welcome speech at the graduation ceremony, in which he used recent findings and facts about microbes to tell students that “learning is a lifelong endeavor.”
10:45 a.m. The Inverted Fountain is getting more and more crowded as the day goes on. Some students are too excited to wait and jump right in, as others strategize and wait to get the best spot for photos. Biology student Kelsey Bullock and economics student Chris Murt (right) make their way in for a quick photo and cool down.
Everyone around is chuckling at biology student Cristina Ta’s witty cap decoration that reads “HIRE ME.”
“At first, I put it on my cap because I thought it would be funny. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out it was reality,” Ta said. “I spent four hours looking at job listings online and realized it’s difficult with just a Bachelor’s degree.”
11:15 a.m. History student Emily Mason and english student Jared Speier set up a picnic in front of Schoenberg Hall during the down time between their ceremonies.
11:30 a.m. There is an information tent located in Bruin Plaza to answer questions about today’s events. Most people are asking for help finding a parking garage or the location of a ceremony.
The information staff told us the strangest question they have received is “Where is a playground for my kids?” Um, we’re in college. We don’t have recess and playgrounds (except in our dreams).
If you’re looking for coffee to help you get through the day, Kerckhoff Coffee House is open.
If you want to buy or return a graduation sash, you can go the Campus Photo Studio in Ackerman Union (right).
12:15 p.m. The lawns in front of Perloff Hall and Janss Steps are now empty. The English Department’s graduation is the last ceremony left and will take place in Pauley Pavilion at 1:30 p.m.