Persevering through pandemic hardships, two members of the class of 2022 earn their diplomas

Kelly Carland, who as UC Irvine’s special events coordinator has overseen many graduations, said this year’s commencement feels different. Students and faculty alike have looked toward in-person graduations with a mixture of hopefulness and anxiety that the next COVID-19 surge or some other unforeseen event could upstage the ceremonies.