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‘I Did It’ University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate Reflects on Hardships She Overcame to Earn Degree

UIC graduate, Jeyra Rivera Arocho

UIC graduate, Jeyra Rivera Arocho shares her excitement with the Chicago Sun Times, “It’s not your common graduation, but at the same time, it’s like, ‘Hey, after a pandemic, after this past year and a half, I’ll take it,’” said after she walked across the stage Saturday.

UIC Creative & Digital Services presents a photo series for this year’s graduating class, capturing portraits of proud seniors and graduate students who have endured a variety of obstacles while achieving their goals in the midst of a global pandemic.