With the end of the semester approaching, 230 second-year students of the LEAD Scholars Academy graduated from the two-year academic component of the program.
A graduation ceremony was held in the Student Union on April 13 and all in attendance were presented a certificate of completion and a LEAD Scholars Academy academic program pin.
Special recognition was paid to those who served as REEL Retreat counselors, peer mentors, Leadership Excellence Board members and LEAD Students Association members.
Sophomore industrial engineering major Brandon Ikeman was the recipient of a special award, the “Henry Landwirth Heart of UCF Award” for exemplary community service and leadership within the LEAD Scholars Academy.
Sophomore business management major Kristina Cornuet said, “Time sure does fly. It’s weird to think that I’ve already graduated the program when it seems like just yesterday I was running around the house with excitement about my acceptance letter.”
After the graduation ceremony, a presentation similar to an Open House was held where students could walk around and learn about the newly available third- and fourth-year tracks for the LEAD Scholars Academy. The LEAD Scholars Academy includes programs such as:
The tracks are intended to keep third- and fourth-year graduates of the main academic track of LEAD Scholars involved in the Academy and to involve others in the UCF community, especially incoming transfer students, who did not participate in the two-year academic component to gain a better understanding of and more experience in leadership.
LEAD Scholars Academy is an office in the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services.