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The University of Central Florida awards more than 18,000 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.

“I am So Proud of You”

He vowed to honor the Constitution against “all enemies, foreign and domestic,” and then his mentor – Col. Quintessa Miller, an Air Force career physician he met while training at the Orlando VA Medical Center – pinned captain’s bars on his uniform, saluted and gave him a hug. The crowd roared again. “I am so…

UCF Graduates 1,000th Physician

“You are my 1K graduates,” Dr. Deborah German, vice president of health affairs and founding dean, told the Class of 2023. “I couldn’t be prouder of the work you have done. When I came here in 2006 to build this medical school, it was hard to even imagine graduating 100 UCF-trained physicians. And look where…

High-ranking Mexican Golfer Luis Carrera Graduates from UCF

When he was just 4 years old, Luis Carrera’s dad took him to a golf course near their home in Mexico City. The young Carrera was so enamored with the sport that his dad bought him a little golf club. Fast forward almost two decades and that little boy with a toy club has become…

Inspired by Nurses, These UCF Nursing Graduates are Ready to Join the Frontline

It is often said that nurses inspire nurses, and that is especially true for these four new Knight nurses who will walk across the stage at Addition Financial Arena on Saturday to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UCF. UCF’s Spring 2023 commencement coincides with National Nurses Month, recognizing the nation’s four million registered nurses who…

10 Knights Earn National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Ten Knights are the recipients of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, where they receive financial support for their education and an annual stipend to support their research and career endeavors. It is one of the most prestigious awards for graduate students, with just about 16% of applicants awarded each year.…

UCF Knights Speed Past the Competition in Human-powered Vehicle Challenge

Agroup of UCF Knights raced to the top at the 2023 e-Human Powered Vehicle Challenge, a national design and innovation competition that encourages college students to design, build and race their own human-powered vehicle. The mechanical engineering majors won three top awards, including first place overall and the corresponding $1,000 prize. Their vehicle, a recumbent tricycle that…

UCF Hosts Spring 2023 Commencement May 5-6

UCF will award more than 9,000 degrees during six commencement ceremonies at Addition Financial Arena May 5-6, sending a talent pipeline of highly skilled graduates into careers that are vital for our region and our state. Of the degrees UCF expects to award, 7,548 are bachelor’s, 1,291 are master’s, 171 are doctoral and 12 are education specialist…

UCF Ph.D. Identified RNA Secret to Healthy Aging

Sarah Noureddine ’19 ’21MS ’22PhD won timed chemistry and biology competitions as a high school student. Today, she is tackling bigger challenges — how to age healthfully. And her doctoral research was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most-prestigious multidisciplinary scientific journals. Noureddine earned her bachelor’s in biology…

VIP Hard Seltzer Takes the Crown at UCF’s 2023 Joust New Venture Competition

trio of UCF College of Business seniors — Connor Huseman, Nicholas Martins, Mazen Youness — won the 2023 Joust New Venture Competition on Thursday at the Celeste Hotel. Their company, VIP Hard Seltzer, is a first-of-its kind competitor in the hard seltzer marketplace that features collagen protein and appeals to health-conscious consumers. The unique combination of components has enabled VIP Hard Seltzer to outclass…

UCFPD Officer, Alum Completes Competitive FBI Academy

UCF Police Department Major Scott Freeman ’11 recently returned from the FBI Academy, a 10-week program featuring advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for law enforcement executives. This prestigious training, which was held in in Quantico, Virginia, is internationally known for its curriculum and is extremely competitive. Fewer than 1% of officers have the opportunity to attend…

New UCF Graduate Award Recognizes Excellence in Graduate Students’ Research

To recognize graduate students for their strides in research, the College of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) has put together a new award. The Award for Excellence by a Graduate Student Researcher celebrates UCF’s outstanding graduate students for their impressive research and creative scholarship within their fields. The self-nominated award encourages students to share their…

UCF Student Honors Celebration Spotlights Top Achievers

UCF’s stellar students being honored on Wednesday for Founders’ Day have unleashed their potential and excelled in colleges and disciplines across the university. Among the undergraduate and graduate students are groundbreaking national and global scholarship winners, researchers, athletes, teaching assistants, residence assistants and leaders in campus organizations such as Student Government, LEAD Scholars and the…

Born with a Purpose

At 2:42 p.m. on July 16, 2001, a tiny baby named Ebony Raelyn Parsons entered the world. She arrived eight weeks early, dangerously premature. A team of medical specialists fearing the dreaded sound of silence surrounded Parsons and her mother, Jessica Weinhauer. “From that moment on,” Parsons says, “medicine has followed me for my entire…

Latina Med Students Eager to Serve Spanish-Speaking Women

Iris Luceno’s eyes welled with tears as she saw her daughter Lisvet rip open her match envelope March 17 and accomplish her dream of becoming an OB-GYN resident physician at the University of South Florida.   “My mother is actually one of the reasons I chose to do OB-GYN,” the UCF medical student said.  “She…

UCF Surpasses 1,000 Residency Placements During Match Day 2023

Family members, friends and children of 123 UCF students joined a historic National Match Day celebration on Friday on the Tavistock Green at the College of Medicine. Inside the medical education building, the stars in the rotunda ceiling twinkled, the only day of the year they do so. “At noon when you open your envelopes…

Reducing the Choice Between a Textbook and Your Next Meal

With textbooks and other required course materials proven to be costly, UCF faculty, staff and students have come up with creative, yet practical, solutions through the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER), which include free teaching, learning and research materials. “There has always been a need for open educational resources in higher education,” says Nicole Lapeyrouse,…

Rosen College Hosts Largest Career Fair Yet to Connect Students with Jobs

The UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management is hosting its largest career fair yet, with more than 100 industry partners and employers coming to the campus near International Drive on March 8 to recruit students and alumni to fill vacancies in their workforce. At least 800 students are registered to attend, with registration still available on…

UCF Medical Students Learn How to Use Food as Medicine

Eating healthy foods can prevent chronic diseases from diabetes to cancer, and UCF medical students are learning how to guide their patients to eat for better health. The fourth-year students were enrolled in a Culinary Medicine elective course that combines the science of food and nutrition with healthy cooking techniques. Their faculty included physicians, dieticians and chefs,…

UCF Medical Students Early Match Into Urology, Ophthalmology

Four UCF medical students have early matched into highly competitive urology and ophthalmology residencies — programs that pick their applicants before National Match Day, this year on March 17. Naser Mubarak, Danny Stirt and Deep Gandhi matched into urology. Aaishwariya Gulani matched into ophthalmology. All the students say they chose their specialty because it allows them to perform…