The Office of First Year Experience’s The Ultimate Knight orientation program, a 90-minute keynote student success presentation, has been recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association as the Region VI Innovative Program Award winner. This award recognizes innovative and effective approaches that help the university meet the needs of incoming students.

At UCF, The Ultimate Knight program began in 2008 with a professional staff presenter and changed its format in 2010 to feature student presenters. These student presenters serve as peer educators by sharing stories, discussing hot topics on campus and engaging students in dialogue related to transition issues. The modern format also helps students to feel comfortable by playing music via Grooveshark, using Prezi as the presentation medium and incorporating several videos.

The presentation format and presenter dynamic educates students on how to Get Involved, Get Smart, Get Diversified, Get Real, Get Savvy, Get to Work, Get Healthy, and Get Global so that students can Get It All Together in their first year at UCF.

The Ultimate Knight student presenters are selected in the fall semester and go through intensive training and rehearsal for this presentation. Student presenters for the upcoming 2012 summer will be Nick Hehr, Hayden Kaehl and Janae Mason.

The Office of First Year Experience is in the Division of Student Develo9pment and Enrollment Services. For more information, visit: