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UCF’s 30 Best Photos of 2022

Here’s a look at some of the most memorable photos of the year.

(Jan. 12 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Forward CJ Walker prepares to score in the Addition Financial Arena. UCF defeated Memphis 74-64.

(Jan. 21 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences Assistant Professor Salvador Almagro-Moreno studies the emergence and evolution of bacterial pathogens.

(Jan. 24 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

English alum and applied sociology graduate student Shawn Welcome ’17, who is  Orlando’s second poet laureate, perform’s his piece Swan City.

(Jan. 30 | Photo by Alexandra Bayer)

UCF College of Nursing Healthcare Simulation Program Director and Professor Mindi Anderson supervises a nursing student working with a manikin.

(Jan. 31 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Computer science student Geela Margo Ramos is research team lead at the Wearable Engineering and Assistive Robotics Lab at UCF.

(Feb. 14 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Candles and roses were placed on the Student Union Pegasus Seal to honor the 17 people killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and two other students who attended the high school and committed suicide after the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting.

(Feb. 10 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright celebrated at UCF Downtown with students, faculty, and staff from the university and Valencia College, as well as institutional leaders, community partners, and donors the transformative success of the campus during a dedication event.

(Feb. 3 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

Central Florida artist Naomi Haverland created a new anamorphic mural inside UCF Downtown’s Communication and Media Building.

(Feb. 16 | Photo by Nick Leyva ’15)

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, UCF’s Gather Luncheon returned to campus to promote community building and healthy eating.

(Feb. 21 | Photo by Nick Leyva)

Thanks to a generous donation UCF’s Marine Turtle Research Group received a new, custom boat that will help them continue studying these sea creatures.

(March 15 | Photo by Alexandra Bayer)

Timothy Sellnow, from the Nicholson School of Communication and Media, was selected as one of two 2022 Pegasus Professors, the university’s highest faculty honor. Enrique Del Barco, from the College of Sciences, was also selected.

(March 18 | Photo by Carly Hollowell ’14 ’20MA)

During Match Day, Michael Chiang ’20MS ’22MD placed into the emergency medicine residency program at UT Southwestern.

(April 7 | Photo by Alexandra Bayer)

UCF Day of Giving 2022 was record-breaking as more than 4,400 donors raised over $3.7 million to support our local community, expand student scholarships, power championship athletics, enhance the university’s global reputation, and fuel innovative research and inspiring creative works.

(April 9 | Photo by Tom Bell ’08)

During UCF Celebrates the Arts — a multi-day festival honoring creative expressions that make our world more interesting and innovative — the Symphony Orchestra performed in the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts’ new Steinmetz Hall, which is designed to produce a perfect sound known as N-1.

(April 15 | Photo by Hannah Estas ’17)

This year’ UCF Celebrates the Arts included Shrek the Musical  as part of the showcase, which featured music, theater, visual arts and more.

(April 15 | Photo by Rhiana Raymundo ’19)

UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science celebrated 25 years of the Great Navel Orange Race, a tradition for first-year engineering students.

(May 20 | Photo by Carly Hollowell ’14 ’20MA)

A MD graduate from Spring 2022 commencement poses for a photo in front the FAIRWINDS Alumni Center.

(June 9 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

UCF alumna Kristina (Santiago) Lavallee ’13 and her husband Kirby Lavallee ’09 are the team behind The Cake Girl, an award-winning bakery in Tampa, Florida. Here Kristina created a custom cake to highlight her Puerto Rican heritage, which inspired her love for baking, time at UCF and her successful business.

(Aug. 6 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

A grad takes a selfie while crossing the stage during Summer 2022 commencement.

(Sept. 9 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

Fans filled FBC Mortgage Stadium for the football game against Louisville.

(Sept. 21 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart)

Rosen College of Hospitality Management’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Alan Fyall takes a photo during Disney Day, a day of recruiting, a leadership workshop, and networking with Disney leaders.

(Oct. 27 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

UCF Downtown held a foam splash event to provide its own Spirit Splash-like experience for UCF and Valencia students at the campus.

(Oct. 28 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

During Spirit Splash, the cheer team typed up the crowd before Knights rushed into the Reflecting Pond.

(Oct. 28 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

Citronaut even made an appearance during Spirit Splash, UCF’s largest homecoming tradition.


(Oct. 28 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

Sisters of Delta Sigma Theta performed during the Homecoming Step Show.

(Oct. 28 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

Fireworks lit up Memory Mall near the end of Homecoming Week.

(Oct. 29 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

A cheer team member gets ready to perform for the football game against Cincinnati, which UCF won 25-21.

(Nov. 15 | Photo by Kadeem Stewart ’17)

The UCF Jazz Band performed during the Crossroads Lecture Series, which is produced in partnership with Dr. Phillips Charities. This year’s event featured Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the board and member of the Office of the President of Loews Corporation.


Nicole Dudenhoefer ’17
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