University of Central Florida’s Virtual Commencement Scheduled for Saturday, May 2
By Space Coast Daily // April 28, 2020
More than 8,500 degrees will be conferred
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – More than 8,500 degrees will be conferred at the University of Central Florida’s Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement on Saturday, May 2.
Graduates will be recognized in separate and successive ceremonies for 12 colleges with the first beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the last starting at 7 p.m. Ceremonies will be hosted on UCF’s main Facebook and YouTube pages. All graduates’ names will be read.
Alexander N. Cartwright will oversee his first graduation ceremony as the University’s sixth president, and NFL stars and former UCF Football players Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin will deliver the commencement address.
Other notable speakers will include Donna Strickland, who won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics and will hold a live question and answer session with graduates in the College of Optics and Photonics immediately following their 9 a.m. ceremony.
Annually, UCF graduates one of the highest numbers of minorities in the nation.
Nearly half of this spring’s degrees will be awarded to students from traditionally underrepresented communities with Hispanic students comprising more than one-quarter of all degree recipients.
The spring 2020 graduating class includes:
– The first group of students completing the Emergency and Crisis Management Master’s Program, which is ranked No. 2 in the nation. Graduates include a local meteorologist, a Chicago paramedic, and a volunteer with a local emergency management office.
– Konya Plummer, the youngest team captain at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Selected by the Orlando Pride earlier this year, Plummer is the first Jamaican-born player drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League.
– Naseeka Dixon, the manager of the Knights Helping Knights Food Pantry for the past two years. While growing up, Naseeka and her family relied on food pantries, and she considers her work within UCF’s pantry as ‘coming full circle.’
– Gustavo Camero, a computer engineering student who is developing methods to lower production costs of computers, making them affordable to low-income youths. He will attend grad school under a Carnegie Institute of Technology Dean’s Fellowship. He plans to dedicate his career to closing educational and technological divides, across borders.
– George Walters-Marrah, a 2018 recipient of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Walters-Marrah, the first in his family to attend college, will attend graduate school at Stanford University under the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program Fellowship.
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