Commencement is a time to celebrate students and honor the time, energy and effort they’ve committed to earn a degree. Since we won’t be able to do that in person this spring, we’re asking for your help to make this year’s celebration as memorable as possible.
Thanks to an idea from Harper Cheyenne, a student ambassador in the College of Business, the university is compiling a virtual graduation celebration video to share with this year’s graduating class. We’re calling it, Lead the Charge!, and we need your help.
We are asking alumni, faculty, staff, fellow students, family members, community leaders, corporate partners and friends of this year’s graduates to record a short video message to share with our graduating Knights. This message can be for all Knights — or for those in specific colleges.
We plan to share the final project on UCF’s main social channels during April 30 through May 2, when this year’s commencement was originally scheduled.
Want to contribute?
Please submit your video by Monday, April 20, by the audience you’d like to share it with.
Or only graduates of a specific college:
College of Arts and Humanities
Burnett Honors College
College of Business
College of Community Innovation and Education
College of Engineering and Computer Science
College of Graduate Studies
College of Health Professions and Sciences
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Optics and Photonics
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
College of Sciences
College of Undergraduate Studies
Instructions on Submitting a Video
Please follow the guidelines below.
In your recording, please respond to the following prompts:
- Tell us your name as well as your class year and major (if an alum), company and title (if a corporate partner) or connection to UCF. (I.e., Ima Knight, Class of 2000, communications major)
- Tell the graduating class why you’re so proud of them.
- Share advice on life after college and what you love about being a part of Knight nation.
Please avoid mentioning COVID-19, and remember to keep your message positive and uplifting.
When taking your video, please:
- Record your video horizontally.
- Keep your congratulations to 15 seconds or less.
- Position yourself facing a window or outside. If there are bright lights on behind you, please turn them off.
- Look into the lens.
- Tap your face on the phone so the camera will focus and expose correctly for your face.
- Leave a little room above your head and aim to include at least your head and shoulders in the frame.
- Record somewhere with limited background noise, so we can hear you clearly.
- If possible, or helpful, ask someone to hold the camera for you.
- Be sure to wear black and gold and show your UCF pride!
Need some inspiration?
Check out last year’s messages to grads: