Caring for her grandfather, who suffered from polio, inspired Andrea Long to enter nursing school.

She graduates today with the 200,000th degree that the University of Central Florida has awarded since classes began in 1968. Her parents have traveled from their home in rural China to see her receive her bachelor’s of science degree in Nursing.

Long’s graduation concludes a UCF career rich with academic excellence, demonstrated leadership and outstanding community service.

She was inducted into UCF’s Order of Pegasus, the highest honor an undergraduate can receive. She served as vice president of the Student Nurses Association and vice chair of the President’s Leadership Council, a group of students who serve as ambassadors for the university.

To read more about Long and UCF’s spring commencement ceremonies, click here.