Florida Tech Virtual Commencement Debuts at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 1,236 Degrees to be Bestowed
By Space Coast Daily // May 7, 2020
Remarks from President Dwayne McCay, Reading of Graduate Names Featured
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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – From its inaugural class more than 60 years ago to the discoveries made in its labs since then, Florida Tech has been home to an impressive array of firsts.
May 8 will bring another first that, it’s safe to say, no one expected.
At 5 p.m. on that spring Friday, Florida Tech will hold a virtual commencement for the Spring class of 2020. The event will be streamed live online via the university’s YouTube and Facebook channels and will be available for download and viewing on-demand afterward.
The university will bestow 1,236 degrees, including more than 200 from online programs and 150 from Florida Tech’s education centers around the country. Graduates represent 69 countries and 43 states.
“Of course we are all disappointed that a traditional ceremony could not be held,” said Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay, who will offer opening remarks and preside over the ceremony, which will feature more than 600 photos submitted by students.
“But we are excited that our virtual ceremony will serve as a reminder of how much Florida Tech cares about our students, their health and safety, their hard work and their heart.”
The ceremony will also feature remarks from Bino Campanini, Florida Tech’s senior vice president of student and alumni affairs, and the reading aloud of the name of every graduate.
Honors and accolades earned by graduates will appear on the screen as will graduates’ photos if they have been provided. The event will close with the singing of Florida Tech’s alma mater.
Despite the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the multiple layers of technology needed to make it happen and a tight timeframe, the virtual commencement came together quickly. Organizers were guided by how best to deliver a meaningful and memorable commencement for students and their families.
“This is a commencement we’re all going to remember, partly because of what we lost, what we missed, what we wanted but didn’t get,” McCay said.
“But mostly, we’re all going to remember the class of 2020 commencement because of what we have, what we’ve shared, and how we all got through it, together, triumphantly.”
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