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The University of Central Florida awards more than 16,000 degrees annually — the most among Florida public universities and among the most nationally — and strives to set the pace for advancing student success in higher education.

UCF Hosts Spring Graduation Celebration, April 30 to May 9

UCF is excited to offer spring graduates and their families the opportunity to choose one of two in-person options to celebrate their achievements. Recognitions of graduates will occur April 30 to May 9. Spring 2021 graduates will have the option of either participating in UCF’s Grad Walk or their college’s in-person commencement. Both recognitions will…

2 UCF Aerospace Students Receive Fellowship’s 1st Awards

Two UCF students are among 43 nationwide who have been chosen to receive the inaugural Patti Grace Smith Fellowship for Black aerospace undergraduates. Alexandria Baca, a first-year student, and Loubensky Bane, a second-year student, were selected for the new honor established to promote diversity in the aerospace industry. The two were picked after applicants were…

The Splash Must Go On: UCF Modifies Spirit Splash for COVID Era

UCF prides itself on being one of the most innovative universities in the nation. Knights always find a way to make things happen, even when it comes to their most beloved tradition during a pandemic. Although there was no rushing of the Reflecting Pond, the spirit of Spirit Splash prevailed Friday afternoon in a COVID-friendly environment that…

UCF Unveils L3Harris Engineering Center, Noting Longstanding Partnership

The glass-and-shiny-steel flagship building that is home to UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has been renamed the L3Harris Engineering Center, announced Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the college. The announcement celebrates the rebranding of one of the most prominent buildings on UCF’s main campus and showcases the longstanding partnership between UCF and L3Harris Technologies, an $18…

UCF’s Gospel & Cultural Choir Lifts Every Voice

Lift every voice and sing. The unity call of the Black National Anthem is also part of the mission of UCF’s Gospel & Cultural Choir. For many Knights, the Gospel & Cultural Choir provides a welcoming space and a sense of community and belonging on campus. For the past four decades, it has also given…

Chemistry Student Chosen For Internship At Storied National Laboratory

An upcoming internship at one of the most storied laboratories in the world represents a big first step into a career as a nuclear scientist for Travis Hager. The Department of Chemistry senior is poised to wrap up two years of study and research under the mentorship of Assistant Professor Vasileios Anagnostopoulos,Ph.D.. Adding to his…

UCF Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Students

UCF this week was named among the top-producing Fulbright institutions in the nation for students selected in 2020-21 by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Twelve UCF students were chosen to participate in the program abroad this year to work on research projects or teach English. Out of 600 higher-education institutions that participate in the Fulbright program,…

Awarding Our Students More Financial Relief

We know COVID-19 continues to cause financial hardships for many of our students, and we are pleased to share that next week we will open applications for student aid through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). UCF has received more than $25 million in relief funds that we will award directly to eligible…

UCF Nursing Students Step Up to Support Community Vaccination Sites

Delainey Dietz was happy and relaxed as she sat under a large white tent, one of dozens set up in what was once a long-term parking lot near the Orlando International Airport now converted into a mass vaccination site for the community. “I’m not nervous,” she says, her eyes smiling above her face covering. “I’ve…

UCF Announces MS Degree in Themed Experience

A new two-year Master of Science program in themed experience at the University of Central Florida will prepare students to lead the innovative industry into the future. Beginning this fall, students will work closely with notable academic scholars and renowned industry professionals to learn to design and lead teams in creating world-class themed experiences, ranging from educational…

UCF’s Housing and Residence Life COVID-19 Safety Measures for Spring 2021

With Spring 2021 classes beginning Jan. 11, UCF Housing and Residence Life, student residents, and other university departments all play important roles in promoting good health and well-being on campus, while helping to mitigate risks related to the coronavirus. Throughout the semester, UCF will collaborate with Orange County health experts and epidemiologists to update its response…

Help for Nursing Students Facing Financial Crises

Next week, when the Spring 2021 semester begins, senior nursing student Josée Etienne will return to UCF to complete her clinicals, coursework and honors thesis. But for Etienne and several other nursing students, the semester almost didn’t happen. Last year, at the beginning of March, halfway through the second semester of her junior year, things…

UCF Student Elected to Help Protect Local Natural Resources

There are the average demands of a final semester in college, and then there’s Raquel Lozano’s life. She’s juggling two majors — political science and public administration — a minor in urban and regional planning and a certificate in human resources. The 24-year-old has the power of attorney and is the healthcare surrogate for her grandmother, who raised her and with whom…

UCF Libraries Reopen for Spring 2021 with Construction Continuing on Main Campus

U CF Libraries locations — the John C. Hitt Library, Curriculum Materials Center, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management and UCF Downtown campus libraries — are open for Spring 2021 with limited in-person and virtual services. While necessary COVID-19 precautions have changed the experience in campus libraries, the one at main campus will look and feel especially different with the…

Greg McCrae Bucks the Odds Every Day

Maybe they were right, Greg McCrae briefly thought back in early 2017. Maybe all those football coaches who hadn’t recruited him—all the while suggesting something without actually saying the words—truly believed he wasn’t good enough. “I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder from not really being recruited much in high school,” says the Knights running back…

UCF Entrepreneur, Joust Winner Completes Prestigious Techstars Fellowship

Since Rafaela Frota won the UCF Joust New Venture Competition in 2019, her nutrition-assistance app Wawwe (We Are What We Eat), secured a major investment deal, earned a contract with the nation’s largest hospital network and recently completed the Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars Fellowship program. The fellowship gave Frota access to workshops, support and mentorship…

Health Sciences Students Showcase Research Proposals at Annual Symposium

As the semester draws to an end, Health Sciences students from five sections of the Applied Health Research Methodology class participated in an online symposium of nearly 100 attendees to showcase their final project – a research proposal poster. The final project represented a cumulation of everything the students  learned in the course: analyzing research,…

CREOL Graduate Chosen for Humboldt Research Fellowship

Ramy El-Ganainy, Ph.D., is a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. The fellowship spans 18 months, divided over three years. He will be hosted by Professor Kurt Busch at Berlin’s Humboldt University. The fellowship allows El-Ganainy to closely collaborate with the theoretical and experimental photonics groups in the host institute, and…