Florida Institute of Technoloy Fall Commencement Ceremonies Set For Saturday At Clemente Center
By Adam Lowenstein, FIT News Bureau // December 16, 2016
1,585 DEGREES EARNED FOR SUMMER, FALL 2016
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – T. Dwayne McCay will lead his first commencement ceremonies as president of Florida Institute of Technology as students from two dozen states and 42 countries receive their diplomas during two ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center on the university’s Melbourne campus.
McCay, who was inaugurated as Florida Tech’s fifth president in July, will welcome Harris Corp. Chairman, President and CEO William Brown as commencement speaker at the undergraduate ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. McCay will offer the keynote address at the graduate ceremony, which starts at 2 p.m.
The undergraduate ceremony will feature 291 students. A total of 529 students will receive master’s and doctoral degrees in the afternoon session.
Including 310 graduates from off-site programs, 536 graduates from the university’s online programs and several dual degree recipients, Florida Tech will bestow 1,585 degrees for fall 2016.
The graduates Saturday include hundreds who completed their degrees over the summer. Starting in 2017, Florida Tech will offer a summer commencement. The inaugural ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29, at the Clemente Center.
Among the recipients on Saturday will be international graduates from countries large and small, including Brazil and China, Gambia and India, Kazakhstan and Qatar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Some parents and friends will travel thousands of miles to attend the ceremonies.
Students from the U.S. are also well represented, including more than 100 from Florida, as well as individual undergraduate students from Alabama, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Nevada, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, the Virgin Islands and Vermont.
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