When confetti rained down at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, the scene foreshadowed the many milestones UCF would celebrate throughout the year.

UCF reflected on these moments in the “Best of 2018” video. To learn more about what you see in the video, read the stories listed below.

2018 was a year of making moves.

We went from a program to a powerhouse…

UCF Defeats Auburn to Win Peach Bowl

We honored a visionary who took us places we never dreamed of…

John Hitt Says Goodbye

And welcomed a leader who will take us even further.

Get to Know UCF President Dale Whittaker

We extended our reach from around the globe to out-of-this-world…

Helping the Underserved in Peru

UCF-led Consortium to Manage Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico

But we didn’t forget what’s most important in our own backyard.

Nemours, UCF Transform Education for Hospitalized Children through PedsAcademy

UCF Gets an A+ for its Bee Campus USA Designation

UCF Launches National Center to Find Big-Picture Solutions to Coastal Threats

UCF Student Studies Algal Blooms Impact on Sea Turtles in Indian River Lagoon

We made great, new friends…

Bill Gates on What Sets UCF Apart

Couple’s $6.6M Gift Will Boost Many UCF Programs

It me. Knugget.

And even greater heroes.

Shaquem Griffin Drafted by Seattle Seahawks

We asked the right questions…

UCF Student Hannah Sage Finishes 3rd in Jeopardy! College Championship

And searched for groundbreaking answers.

New Laser Technique May Help Detect Chemical Warfare in Atmosphere

UCF PTSD-Treatment Clinic’s 2nd Location Opens in Brevard County

We laughed together…

PHOTOS: UCF First Day of Fall 2018 Classes

We cried together…

Knight-Thon Raises $1.5 Million for Children’s Hospitals Across the Nation

We celebrated what makes us unique…

UCF is a Hispanic Serving Institution

And then came together as one family.


We had big wins on the playing field…

UCF Men’s Soccer: A Season to Remember

UCF Volleyball Ranked No. 13 For First Time in Program’s History

Knights Take 2nd in National Cheerleading Championships

And in the classroom.

UCF Programming Team Places 1st in North America, 10th Worldwide

UCF Cyber Defense Team Wins National Championship

UCF Ranks Among the Nation’s Top 10 Most Innovative Universities

We embraced time-honored traditions…

Relive UCF Homecoming 2018 Through These 16 Awesome Photos

And savored the spotlight.

4th UCF Celebrates the Arts to Feature Tributes to Bernstein, President Hitt

Thanks for the Best Weekend Ever, College GameDay

We passed the torch…

Josh Heupel Named UCF Football Head Coach

UCF Names Metzger as New Police Chief

Announcing Our Provost, Elizabeth Dooley

We expanded opportunity…

UCF Extends In-State Tuition Rate for Puerto Rican Students Through 2023

And we kept the streak alive.

Back-to-Back: UCF Football Wins AAC Championship

And while we enjoyed looking back on 50 years of classes…

Tales from UCF’s Very First Day of Classes

As Knights, we will always look to the future…

What UCF Downtown Will Look Like in August 2019

Partners Break Ground for New UCF-HCA Hospital

And continue to reach for the stars.