While the University of Central Florida currently supports more than 60,000 students, losing just one member greatly impacts our community. On Wednesday, April 6, the UCF community will gather together to honor the lives of 12 students during this year’s Eternal Knights Memorial Service.

In its 16th year, Eternal Knights is an annual program that memorializes UCF students who have passed away during recent academic terms. It is an opportunity for families and friends to join the campus community in a solemn tribute to their loved ones. During the eulogy, each student is recognized and given the title, “Eternal Knight.” In addition, the flags at UCF will be at half-staff in their honor. This event, while somber, is incredibly meaningful and is a powerful indicator of what makes UCF special.

Please consider joining us on April 6, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Pegasus Ballroom for this important tradition. Whether you know one of the students being memorialized or not, we are all UCF Knights. Please help us show the families and friends of these individuals what it is like to be a member of the UCF community by attending the ceremony.

If you cannot attend the ceremony, please help commemorate the lives of those we have lost this year by participating in a 24 second, campuswide moment of silence on Wednesday, April 6, at 4 p.m. – this marks two seconds for each Eternal Knight. Let’s come together, on every UCF campus, to show solidarity as a community and support for the families and friends attending the Eternal Knights Memorial Service.

For more information on the Eternal Knights program, visit www.eternal.sdes.ucf.edu or contact David Oglethorpe at 407.823.0548 or [email protected].

The following UCF Eternal Knights will be honored at the Eternal Knights Memorial Service:

Thomas Anderson, College of Health and Public Affairs, Health Sciences

Maxine Bartkovich, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, Hospitality Management

Samantha Bennett, College of Arts and Humanities, Art

Dylan Besser, College of Sciences, Biology

Keri DeMott, College of Sciences, Sociology

Robert Freeman, College of Education and Human Performance, Sport and Exercise Science

Michael Namey, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

Alexander Osorio, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering

David Persaud, College of Undergraduate Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Luke Zachary Roy, College of Education and Human Performance, Social Science Education

Rafael Suarez, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Information Technology

Michael Zheng, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Information Technology