2021 Voices: UCR Grads Share Pivotal Moments of Their Educational Journeys

2021 Voices: UCR Grads Share Pivotal Moments of Their Educational Journeys

S. E. Williams | Voice News

More than 7,100 students are eligible to graduate; Commencement events kick off on June 3 with the School of Medicine
4,472 UC Riverside students have signed up to participate in a modified in-person commencement celebration during the month of June. 

This number includes 899 students who graduated in 2020 and were unable to walk across the stage due to COVID-19 pandemic group gathering restrictions. The 2021 class has more than 7,100 students eligible to graduate this year.

Students from both 2020 and 2021 classes have the option to join virtually or to request participation in this year’s 67th commencement as a modified in-person celebration. All events will be fully virtual and live-streamed. 

For the in-person name recognition, each student can invite up to two guests. Celebrations begin Thursday, June 3, and run through Monday, June 14. 

“I am so proud of our graduates who persisted, despite the challenges COVID created,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said. “Whether they choose to walk across the stage, an important tradition for many, or celebrate virtually, I want each to know that I admire their tenacity and perseverance. This has been a year like no other and I am incredibly proud of every graduate.”

Meet some of the graduates–a bee researcher; a plant pathologist; a drag performer and linguistics major; a future high school counselor; a veteran and special education teacher; a journalist; an education reformer; an emergency medicine doctor; and an economist who combines anthropology and music. Hear their voices in these audio essays: news.ucr.edu.  

2021 grad video: Life Unfolded at UCR

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California’s diverse culture, UCR’s enrollment is more than 24,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of almost $2 billion. To learn more, email news@ucr.edu.

S. E. Williams is editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News. 

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