Over 3,200 new graduates were added to the ranks of UCF alumni during the fall 2012 commencement ceremonies, which took place at the UCF Arena on December 14 and 15. University Registrar Brian Boyd commented, “The UCF Commencement ceremony is a tremendously proud and dignified event that involves team work from several departments and vendors who ensure that this is truly a special event for our new alumni and their guests.” Boyd added, “It is a special day for not only the graduating students and their families but also for the staff and faculty of the university. “

The Colleges of Business Administration, Engineering and Computer Science, Medicine, and Optics and Photonics were featured at the first ceremony on Friday, with approximately 900 graduates. At the afternoon ceremony, over 1000 graduates from the Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Nursing as well as the Office of Undergraduate Studies were presented. Finally, graduates from the Colleges of Education and Health and Public Affairs as well as the Rosen College of Hospitality Management added an approximately 900 alumni to the tally. Boyd stated, “It is rewarding for the entire UCF community to celebrate the accomplishments of our newest alumni.”

Sanford “Sandy” Shugart, president of Valencia College, was honored with a doctorate in Humane Letters during the Friday afternoon ceremony and also served as that ceremony’s commencement speaker. Additional commencement speakers included the Honorable Dean Cannon, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, and Barbara Jenkins, district superintendent of Orange County Public Schools.

The Registar’s Office is in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. The upcoming spring 2013 commencement ceremonies will take place from Thursday, May 2, through Saturday, May 4. More information can be found at: commencement.ucf.edu.