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On Campus — Summer 2021

As UCF prepared to slowly transition to pre-pandemic operations, old, new and modified activities made campus come to life. 
Knightro wears swim trunks while posing for a photo with UCF cheerleaders
Feb. 26
Knightro and UCF cheerleaders welcomed students to the spring Spirit Splash, which was modified with water soakers to adhere to physical distancing.

Knights sitting at the Reflecting Pond for a vigil.
March 23
Knights gathered at the Reflecting Pond for a vigil honoring the eight people killed during the March 16 Atlanta spa shootings and other victims of Asian Pacific Islander violence.
A student receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a UCF Student Health Services employee
April 7
Over three days in the Pegasus Ballroom, 6,000 UCF students received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine from UCF Student Health Services.
The sun sets as Knights sit on Memory Mall during a concert
March 25
UCF’s Symphony Orchestra provided students a way to get out, come together and experience live music during Symphony Under the Stars at Memory Mall.
A Spring 2021 graduate poses for a photo with a family member in front of Addition Financial Arena.
May 6
Spring 2021 graduates and their loved ones gathered at Addition Financial Arena for the first in-person commencement ceremonies since the pandemic began.
Alexander N. Cartwright and Alex Cumming sit on coaches while wearing headphones in front of mics.
May 18
UCF President Alexander N. Cartwright joined theater student and host Alex Cumming for the first episode of the university’s new podcast Knights Do That. Listen to the episode at
Three students laugh while holding various pride flags
June 1
Psychology student James Hecker, environmental studies student Kass Suggs and digital media student Em Murphy gathered outside Millican Hall with flags recognizing different identities in the LGBTQ+ community in celebration of Pride Month.
Students enter a building
June 28
Whether we addressed needs in our community, educated online or in physically-distanced spaces, or led research to combat COVID-19, over the last 15 months we’ve approached each challenge as an opportunity for impact. And while we’ve produced some of our finest work, we’ve missed our collective family on campus. That changed June 28, when the university returned to pre-pandemic operations, welcoming students for the start of Summer B courses and restoring what makes campus feel like home: our students, faculty and staff.