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

M.D. Admissions Go Virtual

Medical school interviews have gone virtual this year as the UCF College of Medicine supports public-health efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Rather than in-person interview, about 450 applicants will participate in two Zoom-based interviews and then are invited to a virtual visit. That visit includes Zoom discussions, panels and video messages so potential…

UCF’s Revamped Student Union to Reopen

The long-awaited renovation of the Student Union will be unveiled when the Heart of Campus reopens Aug. 8 with limited hours. Regular operating hours are planned to resume Friday, Aug. 21. The three-year project saw its final phase of renovations completed just in time for campus to welcome back students for the fall semester. Expanding…

UCF Grad Surprises Mother with Doctoral Degree

Loida Guillen Strong ’20DNP has always been inspired by her mother, Mercedes. Mercedes, grew up in the Dominican Republic and wanted to be a doctor. But right after Mercedes began medical school, her father died, and she had to abruptly drop out and give up her dream to help take care of her siblings. Later, as…

Exceptional Education Doctoral Graduate to Prepare Future Teachers

For seven years, Whitney Hanley was a teacher. During her time teaching in Georgia as well as her home state of Kentucky, she noticed a disconnect between girls who exhibited behavioral problems and their teachers, specifically that the teachers were not usually open to them being in the classroom. The students would turn to Hanley, then a…

UCF Places Record 302 on AAC All-Academic Team

UCF placed a school record 302 student-athletes on the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, which was announced by the league on Thursday. The American’s All-Academic Team for 2019-20 features 54 members of the Knights’ rowing roster, 52 from the football team, 37 from track and field, 28 from women’s soccer, 23 from softball, 20 from…

New Requirements for Students Moving to Housing on UCF Campuses

All packed up and ready to move into housing on UCF’s campuses? WAIT! – Before you head to one of the university’s 10 residential communities, there are some new requirements — including move-in appointments — because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Move-in is starting over two weeks earlier than normal and students must sign up for…

Burnett School Graduates 100+ Scientists Amidst Pandemic

On Saturday, 121 young scientists will graduate from the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in a virtual commencement due to  COVID-19 physical distancing requirements. Those earning degrees include  109 undergraduates, nine master’s students and three Ph.D. candidates. Among the graduates is Levi Adams, who spent the last 5 1/2 years studying Parkinson’s disease and will…

From Inmate to MFA

Jason Fronczek ’16 spent more than four years in prison, where he focused on bettering himself through reading. On Sunday, he graduates with an MFA. The art teacher is telling his students to scribble. He doesn’t want to see any straight lines. “I knew I had to counter my incarceration with something positive. Education would…

The Right Time Is Now, an MSW Graduate’s Journey Towards Success

Massiel Hernandez ’17 ’18 MSW has an infectious positive attitude in all that she does. “The idea of helping someone was engrained in me as a child,” she said. Through her academic years and now career, Hernandez uses her “suitcase of knowledge and tools” she obtained as a UCF School of Social Work student to compliment her…

Celebrating the Summer 2020 Graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

This Saturday’s Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony honoring the graduates of the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science will be live-streamed at 3:45 p.m., as part of the university’s virtual commencement ceremonies. Each of the university’s 13 colleges will recognize graduates by hosting individual ceremonies on the university’s main Facebook and YouTube pages on Saturday, August 1, where the…

UCF Nursing Students Complete On-Campus Lab for 1st Time Since Pandemic

Aselect cohort of nursing students has returned to campus to practice critical hands-on skills in campus labs for the first time since UCF moved to remote learning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The training experiences were organized with proper physical distancing, protective gear and cleaning practices to help increase safety precautions for students,…

Record Number of Nursing Doctoral Graduates in Summer Class of 2020

It’s a fact. Nurses with the highest level of degree are in high demand. Nursing, like many other healthcare professions, is moving to the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) as a standard for advance practice to assure the highest level of scientific knowledge and expertise. And nurse practitioners are in demand. The U.S. Bureau of…

UCF’s Housing and Residence Life COVID-19 Safety Measures for Fall 2020

With on-campus move-in scheduled for Aug. 8, 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 work with Orange County health experts and epidemiologists to update its response…

Class of 2024 ‘Needed Now More Than Ever’ as They Begin UCF Med School

Kyle Benkel ’20 traded his UCF football jersey for a white coat Monday — even though his new uniform, recognizing him as a physician-in-training, came in a plastic bag instead of being presented at a ceremony. Benkel was one of 120 new College of Medicine students who began training at a time drastically changed by COVID-19. There was…

Graduating Senior Escaped a Civil War in Syria to Become a Scholar at UCF

Growing up in war-torn Syria, Suzanne Chaar saw first-hand the impact that medical professionals can have on a society. During the country’s civil war, she witnessed her father, a pharmacist, and her brother, then a medical student at the University of Aleppo, provide care for civilians impacted by the conflict. Chaar says she admired their…

Classes to Take at UCF for Learning More about Social Justice

As protests and demonstrations spread around the country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, UCF students have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses that can help them better understand the calls for equality, reform and justice. These 13 courses are a sampling of what is offered at UCF this fall…

College of Sciences Celebrates Summer 2020 Ph.D. Grads

A doctorate degree represents one of the highest honors in academia. The 2020 Summer term’s Ph.D. graduates not only earned this honor, they did so with the extra stress of doing their work remotely. The College of Science recognizes and applauds the hard work applied to receive this degree. Chemistry Ziyang Huang, Ph.D.Faculty Advisor: Swadeshmukul…

Students Explore Program Evaluation through Podcasting

ElevateEvaluate is available on major podcast platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Podcasts are a growing trend both domestically and internationally. Many people have turned to podcasts as a source of entertainment and information as well as an outlet for sharing personal opinions and experiences. According to a 2019 report by Edison Research, for…