Graduating during a pandemic

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Abigail Leung received her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from USC on May 15. She says when the pandemic hit, she chose not to return to her family home in Seattle because COVID-19 was worse there. She’s now applying to jobs on the West Coast. Credit: Emily Louie.

Virtual graduations took place over the past few days. But now, students who’ve finished college can’t do in-person job interviews or travel, and they face uncertain futures. Two graduates from UCLA and USC share their hopes and plans.