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Summer 2015 Commencement Program
COMMENCEMENT
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
August 8, 2015
CFE Arena
Orlando, Florida
This commencement program will be available at http://commencement.ucf.edu/2015/summer/archive
for download as a PDF beginning Monday, August 10, 2015.
Gonfalons Symbolize the Spirit of the University of Central Florida
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Medicine
The senses of sight, sound, and sensation
are transformed by spirit and creativity into
meaningful diverse forms of expression in
the College of Arts and Humanities.
The Rod of Aesculapius, serpent entwined around
, is an ancient Greek symbol associated with
healing the sick. The rod topped by the UCF Flame
of Hope is spiraled with the DNA’s double helix to
form the symbol for the College of Medicine.
The Burnett Honors College
College of Nursing
ame
symbolizes The Burnett Honors College’s mission
to foster honor and passion for lifelong learning.
The spirit of the College of Nursing is
conveyed by images that symbolize
caring, knowledge, and leadership.
College of Business Administration
College of Optics and Photonics
Familiar symbols elicit world marketplace
nance for the
College of Business Administration with its
innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities,
and nationally recognized programs.
The striking multifaceted relief captures the spirit
of the Age of Light and epitomizes the science and
technology of the College of Optics and Photonics
uence in the 21st Century.
College of Education and
Human Performance
College of Sciences
THE UCF CREED
Integrity, scholarship, community,
creativity, and excellence are the core
values that guide our conduct,
performance, and decisions.
INTEGRITY
I will practice and defend academic
and personal honesty.
SCHOLARSHIP
I will cherish and honor learning as
a fundamental purpose of my membership
in the
UCF community.
COMMUNITY
I will promote an open and
supportive campus environment by
respecting the rights and contributions
of every individual.
CREATIVITY
I will use my talents to enrich the
human experience.
EXCELLENCE
I will strive toward the highest
standards of performance in any
nitive symbol
of education and knowledge for centuries.
And for the College of Education, a galaxy of
encircling stars serves as a shining example
of diverse opportunities for learning.
Science seeks to explain how the world works—
living organisms, the physical world, people
in groups, and people as individuals. Just as a
microscope gives a way to look at objects otherwise
too small to see, so the tools of scientific inquiry
let us observe nature in its many aspects.
ce of Undergraduate Studies
College of Engineering and
Computer Science
The Space Transportation System symbolizes
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feats ever achieved and epitomizes the spirit of the
College of Engineering and Computer Science.
College of Graduate Studies
Leadership, research, and service empower
graduate students in the division’s quality
learning environment. The doctoral cap, hood,
and gown epitomize the highest achievement
for the College of Graduate Studies.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies provides
the foundation, vision, and leadership necessary
for students to reach their academic potential
and to prepare for the steps, challenges,
and rewards of lifelong learning.
Rosen College of Hospitality
Management
The central fountain, framed by Mediterranean
arches, has come to symbolize the Rosen College of
Hospitality Management’s state-of-the-art campus
and its standard of excellence for the industry.
endeavor i undertake.
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Academic programs in the College of Health and
airs are bound together by a shared sense
of purpose—to serve communities and contribute
knowledge that improves the quality of life of citizens.
The UCF Creed
Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and
excellence are the core values that guide the
university’s conduct, performance, and decisions.
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University of Central Florida
UCF Stands for Opportunity in scholarship, leadership, research, and service. The university also creates
opportunities for economic development, as well as community and industry collaboration. UCF is Central Florida’s
higher education partner and its hometown university.
The talents of UCF’s more than 250,000 alumni, more than 60,000 students, and more than 10,000 faculty
and staff members have made UCF one of the nation’s leading metropolitan research universities. And UCF is
committed to innovative community partnerships, world-class research with local impact, and the integration of
technology and learning.
The university offers 92 bachelor’s degrees, 83 master’s degrees, 3 specialist degrees, and 31 doctoral
degrees, as well as more than 94 graduate certificate programs. To date, more than 278,000 degrees have been awarded.
The university seal, shown above, is the symbol that sets our university apart from others. As you might
expect, choosing a university seal is no simple task. In UCF’s case, the job took 26 months. From the very first
suggestion, submitted in early 1966, to the unveiling of the present seal, it was a task without precedent for those
who were involved in the process.
In the two years after the first submission, nearly 50 designs and 70 different color combinations were
considered. The motto, Reach for the Stars, eventually served as the inspiration for the seal. It was first verbalized
by Charter President Charles N. Millican. The phrase came to him, he recalled, when he was flying on a night that
was so clear the stars sparkled.
Stars were used in a variety of combinations. Pegasus, the winged horse of mythology, was added to depict
both contrast and connection between old and new, the humanities and the sciences.
In their search for tenets on which to launch a new experiment in higher education, the university’s
founders focused on two: Accent on Excellence and Accent on the Individual. Growth notwithstanding, their
successors remain committed to that end. The university’s motto, Reach for the Stars, encourages UCF’s students,
faculty and staff members, and alumni to go beyond the ordinary.
Indeed, extraordinary things happen in UCF’s classrooms and laboratories every day, and UCF is
prominent among its peers. UCF Stands for Opportunity.
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University of Central Florida
Office of the President
Dear Graduates:
Congratulations to each of you for the achievements that have brought you to this day.
Congratulations are also in order to your families, whose love and support have undoubtedly
contributed to your success.
Today’s commencement exercises mark the completion of a period of studying and learning, of
developing and adapting, and of accomplishing and contributing. All of these activities prepare
you for successful careers and for service as leaders in our society. Your university education
will be of immeasurable benefit to you for the rest of your lives.
As you leave UCF, please remember three things. First, your education is a lifelong process.
Maintain the intellectual curiosity that got you this far, and never cease your learning. Second,
use your knowledge, your talent, and your degree for responsible purposes. Our world is so
complicated that we need all the ability we can muster to solve the great problems of our time.
Finally, remember your university and be loyal to it.
Best wishes for a lifetime of success and satisfaction.
Cordially yours,
John C. Hitt
President
P.O. Box 160002  Orlando, FL 32816-0002  (407) 823-1823  (407) 823-2264
An Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Institution
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Table of Contents
The UCF Creed .................................................................................................................................. Inside front cover
University of Central Florida ........................................................................................................................................ i
President’s Personal Note .............................................................................................................................................ii
University of Central Florida Administration .............................................................................................................. iv
Commencement Program .............................................................................................................................................. v
Commencement Speaker and Platform Party
August 8, 2015 9:00 a.m. Ceremony .................................................................................................................... vi
2:30 p.m. Ceremony ................................................................................................................... vii
Candidates for Graduate Degrees
Doctoral Candidates ...................................................................................................................................... 1
Master of Fine Arts Candidates ...................................................................................................................... 7
Master’s Candidates
College of Arts and Humanities ........................................................................................................ 8
College of Business Administration .................................................................................................. 9
College of Education and Human Performance ............................................................................. 10
College of Engineering and Computer Science .............................................................................. 12
College of Graduate Studies ........................................................................................................... 13
College of Health and Public Affairs .............................................................................................. 14
College of Medicine ........................................................................................................................ 16
College of Nursing .......................................................................................................................... 17
College of Optics and Photonics ..................................................................................................... 18
College of Sciences ......................................................................................................................... 19
Rosen College of Hospitality Management ..................................................................................... 20
Order of Pegasus ........................................................................................................................................................ 21
Baccalaureate Degree Honors and Recognition
Top Honor Graduates ..................................................................................................................... 21
LEAD Scholars................................................................................................................................ 22
President’s Leadership Council ...................................................................................................... 22
Air Force ROTC Commission ......................................................................................................... 22
Army ROTC Commission ................................................................................................................ 22
Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees
College of Arts and Humanities ...................................................................................................... 24
College of Business Administration ................................................................................................ 26
College of Education and Human Performance ............................................................................. 29
College of Engineering and Computer Science .............................................................................. 31
College of Health and Public Affairs .............................................................................................. 33
College of Medicine ........................................................................................................................ 37
College of Nursing .......................................................................................................................... 38
College of Sciences ......................................................................................................................... 40
College of Undergraduate Studies .................................................................................................. 45
Rosen College of Hospitality Management ..................................................................................... 47
The Commencement Ceremony and Academic Regalia .............................................................................................. 49
College Gonfalons and University Mace Information ................................................................................................. 51
The Presidential Medallion ......................................................................................................................................... 51
Honorary Degrees Awarded ........................................................................................................................................ 52
Degrees Conferred ...................................................................................................................................................... 53
Diploma Distribution Information ............................................................................................................................... 53
UCF Alma Mater ......................................................................................................................................................... 54
UCF Regional Campuses ............................................................................................................................................ 55
This program contains the most accurate graduation information available at press time.
The appearance of a name here is presumptive of graduation but not conclusive.
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University of Central Florida Administration
Dr. John C. Hitt ............................................................................................................................................... President
Dr. A. Dale Whittaker ......................................................................................... Provost and Executive Vice President
Dr. Beth Barnes ............................................................ Vice President Emerita and Special Assistant to the President
Scott Cole .............................................................................................................. Vice President and General Counsel
Helen Donegan ............................................................. Vice President Emerita and Special Assistant to the President
Dr. Maribeth Ehasz ............................................... Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services
Dr. Deborah C. German ....................................... Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, College of Medicine
Grant J. Heston..............................................................................Vice President for Communications and Marketing
Dr. Daniel C. Holsenbeck .................................................................... Senior Vice President for University Relations
William F. Merck II.............................................................................. Vice President for Administration and Finance
Michael J. Morsberger ............................................................ Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development
Dr. John F. Schell ..................................................................................................... Vice President and Chief of Staff
Dr. M.J. Soileau ........................................................................... Vice President for Research and Commercialization
Dr. Mubarak Shah ......................................................... Interim Vice Provost and Dean, College of Graduate Studies
Dr. Manoj Chopra .................................................Interim Vice Provost and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. José B. Fernández ....................................................................................... Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Paul Jarley ............................................................................................ Dean, College of Business Administration
Dr. Alvin Y. Wang................................................................................................... Dean, The Burnett Honors College
Dr. Pamela S. Carroll ............................................................... Dean, College of Education and Human Performance
Dr. Michael Georgiopoulos ....................................................... Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. Michael Frumkin ................................................................................ Dean, College of Health and Public Affairs
Dr. Mary Lou Sole ................................................................................................................. Dean, College of Nursing
Dr. Bahaa A. Saleh ...................................................................... Dean and Director, College of Optics and Photonics
Dr. Michael Johnson ............................................................................................................ Dean, College of Sciences
Dr. Abraham Pizam ..........................................................................Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality Management
State of Florida
Rick Scott, Governor
Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lieutenant Governor
Jeff Atwater
Chief Financial Officer
Pam Bondi
Attorney General
Morteza “Mori” Hosseini
Chair, SUS Board of Governors
Adam Putnam
Commissioner of Agriculture
Pam Stewart
Commissioner of Education
Board of Trustees
Jim Atchison
Windermere
Alan Florez
Ormond Beach
Alex Martins
Winter Park
Clarence H. Brown III, M.D.
Orlando
Robert A. Garvy, Vice Chair
Palm Beach
Beverly J. Seay
Winter Park
Olga M. Calvet
Orlando
Ray Gilley
Decatur, GA
John Sprouls
Windermere
Richard T. Crotty
Orlando
Keith Koons
Chair, Faculty Senate
Cait Zona
President, Student Government
Association
Marcos R. Marchena, Chair
Orlando
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Commencement Program
Prelude
The Processional
The Platform Party
The Faculty
The Baccalaureate and Graduate Candidates
Convening of the Commencement
The National Anthem
Opening Remarks and Introductions
John C. Hitt, President
Commencement Address
The Conferring of Degrees
The Faculty
The Deans
The Provost
The President
Honors and Individual Recognition*
Student Body Representative
Alumni Association Representative
Alma Mater
The Recessional
The Platform Party
The Faculty
The Graduate and Baccalaureate Candidates
Andrew Walker, Organist
Jose Velez and Scotty Kilwein, Vocalists
David Enzfelder and Reg Lyle, Bagpipers
Reader by ROMAGNA Company
Sign Language Interpreter by Interpretek
* Applause is the most appropriate method of conveying congratulations as your graduate’s name is called.
Other methods may keep your neighbors from hearing their graduate’s name.
As a courtesy to the graduates and families being recognized today, we ask that you remain in your seat until all
graduates have crossed the platform.
The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
Thank you for joining the faculty, staff, administration, and student body in honoring our graduates.
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College of Arts and Humanities, College of Business Administration, College of Education
and Human Performance, College of Graduate Studies, College of Nursing,
College of Undergraduate Studies, and Rosen College of Hospitality Management
August 8, 2015 – 9:00 a.m.
Platform Party
Grand Marshal ...................................................................................................................................... Dr. Keith Koons
Commencement Speaker .................................................................................................................... Marva B. Johnson
President ................................................................................................................................................ Dr. John C. Hitt
Provost and Executive Vice President ......................................................................................... Dr. A. Dale Whittaker
Senior Vice President for University Relations ...................................................................... Dr. Daniel C. Holsenbeck
Vice President and General Counsel .............................................................................................................. Scott Cole
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services..................................................Dr. Maribeth Ehasz
Vice President for Administration and Finance ............................................................................... William F. Merck II
Vice President and Chief of Staff ....................................................................................................... Dr. John F. Schell
Interim Vice Provost and Dean, College of Graduate Studies ........................................................... Dr. Mubarak Shah
Dean, The Burnett Honors College................................................................................................... Dr. Alvin Y. Wang
Dean, College of Arts and Humanities .........................................................................................Dr. José B. Fernández
Dean, College of Business Administration .............................................................................................. Dr. Paul Jarley
Dean, College of Education and Human Performance ..................................................................Dr. Pamela S. Carroll
Dean, College of Nursing ..................................................................................................................Dr. Mary Lou Sole
Interim Vice Provost and Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies ...................................................Dr. Manoj Chopra
Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality Management ........................................................................... Dr. Abraham Pizam
Alumni Representative ................................................................................................................ Joshua James Strzalko
President, Student Government Association.................................................................................................... Cait Zona
University Faculty Representative ..................................................................................................... Dr. Fevzi Okumus
Staff Council Representative ....................................................................................................................... Julie Voyles
Order of Pegasus.........................................................................................................................................Hannah Ehrli
Order of Pegasus................................................................................................................................ Kaye-Alese Green
Order of Pegasus................................................................................................................................. Sheridan Kushner
Commencement Speaker
Marva B. Johnson serves as the Corporate Vice President for Government
and Industry Affairs for Bright House Networks. She joined Bright House
Networks from Supra Telecommunications, where she served as general
counsel.
Johnson currently chairs the Florida State Board of Education, whose
mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless,
efficient system. In this role, she has been a staunch ally of higher education
in our state. Johnson also serves on the Board of the Multicultural Education
Alliance and on the National Board of Women in Cable
Telecommunications.
Marva B. Johnson
Throughout her career, Johnson has been passionate about creating
educational opportunities that enable success for every student. As a result,
she received the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council’s
Champion for Digital Equality Award in 2014. She is a member of
Cablefax’s Most Influential Minorities and the Most Powerful Women in
Cable.
Johnson received her bachelor of science degree in business administration
from Georgetown University, her master’s degree in business administration
from Emory University, and her juris doctor degree from the Georgia State
University College of Law.
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College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Health and Public Affairs,
College of Medicine, College of Optics and Photonics, and College of Sciences
August 8, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.
Platform Party
Grand Marshal ......................................................................................................................................Dr. David Hagan
Commencement Speaker ......................................................................................................... Joseph A. Melbourne, Jr.
President ................................................................................................................................................ Dr. John C. Hitt
Provost and Executive Vice President ......................................................................................... Dr. A. Dale Whittaker
Vice President Emerita and Special Assistant to the President ............................................................. Dr. Beth Barnes
Senior Vice President for University Relations ...................................................................... Dr. Daniel C. Holsenbeck
Vice President and General Counsel .............................................................................................................. Scott Cole
Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment Services..................................................Dr. Maribeth Ehasz
Vice President for Administration and Finance ............................................................................... William F. Merck II
Vice President and Chief of Staff ....................................................................................................... Dr. John F. Schell
Interim Vice Provost and Dean, College of Graduate Studies ........................................................... Dr. Mubarak Shah
Dean, The Burnett Honors College................................................................................................... Dr. Alvin Y. Wang
Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science ....................................................... Dr. Charles Reilly
Dean, College of Health and Public Affairs .................................................................................. Dr. Michael Frumkin
Associate Dean, College of Medicine.............................................................................................. Dr. Richard Peppler
Dean, College of Optics and Photonics ................................................................................................. Dr. Bahaa Saleh
Dean, College of Sciences .............................................................................................................. Dr. Michael Johnson
Alumni Representative .......................................................................................................................... Nilmarie Zapata
President, Student Government Association.................................................................................................... Cait Zona
University Faculty Representative .................................................................................................. Dr. Donald Malocha
Staff Council Representative .................................................................................................................. Barbara Brown
Commencement Speaker
Joseph A. Melbourne, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of CFE
Federal Credit Union, a $1.5 billion, not-for-profit, member-owned
financial cooperative serving Central Florida since 1937. He has been with
CFE since 1994 and has been president since 1998.
Melbourne was named the Professional of the Year by the National
Association of Federal Credit Unions in 2005, received a lifetime
achievement award as Professional of the Year from the Florida Credit
Union League in 2008, and was selected for the inaugural edition of Who’s
Who in America’s Credit Unions. In 2014, he was awarded the Orlando
Business Journal’s CEO of the Year, as well as the UCF President’s
Partnership Award.
Melbourne and CFE have been outstanding partners with UCF. Most
recognizable of their generosity is the CFE Arena. However, Melbourne has
also supported student sponsorships and scholarships, he has initiated
campus-wide financial literacy efforts, and he has provided our university
community with valuable financial products and services.
Melbourne earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration
from Dowling College and a master of science degree in taxation from Long
Island University School of Professional Accountancy C.W. Post Center.
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Joseph A. Melbourne
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Candidates for Doctoral Degrees
College of Business Administration
SOMNATH BANERJEE
Business Administration
Major Advisor: Dr. Axel Stock
MINOO TALEBI ASHOORI
Business Administration
Major Advisor: Dr. Axel Stock
REBECA P. DELLEGRAZIE-PERREN
Business Administration
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Massiah
ANIS TRIKI
Business Administration
Major Advisor: Dr. Vicky Arnold
FAN LIU
Business Administration
Major Advisor: Dr. Ze Wang
College of Education and Human Performance
MICHAEL DAVID ANTMANN
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Kenneth T. Murray
LAUREN A. DELISIO
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Lisa Dieker
SAMUEL ALVIN ASHLEY III
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Kenneth T. Murray
DEBORAH MICHELLE EDWARDS
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
LEIGH SHIPLEY AUSTIN
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Suzanne M. Martin
HANNAH W. EHRLI
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Suzanne M. Martin
KATHLEEN MARIE BECHT
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Lisa Dieker
TIONIS MICHELLE FORDHAM
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Kenneth T. Murray
WILLIAM ASHTON BOOTH
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Michele G. Gill
JENNIFER L. GALLUP
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Mary E. Little
DANIEL ARMOND COWGILL II
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
VERNITA CHARLENA GLENN-WHITE
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Juli K. Dixon
SAMUEL CRUPI, JR.
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Barbara A. Murray
NATALIE HOLTER
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
BETH ANN DAVIS
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
JESSIE HAROLD HOLTON
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
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CARL A. HOWARD
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
ERIN D. O’BRIEN
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Glenda H. Gunter
WENDY STAHLER HOWARD
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Glenda H. Gunter
SEAN MICHAEL O’DELL
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Michele G. Gill
FRANKIE WEBB HUFF
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Elsie Olan
STEPHANIE JO MACEK OSMOND
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Rosemarye Taylor
VICTORIA LEIGH HYATT
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Barbara A. Murray
JARRAD D. PLANTE
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas Cox
JULIE BINDHU JOSEPH
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Suzanne M. Martin
GRAHAM WILLIAM QUIRK
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Rosa Cintrón Delgado
CARLA JOANNA KEENUM
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
VIVIAN MARIA RAY
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
ONUR EMRE KOCAOZ
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Mary E. Little
AMBER JEAN REECE
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Malcolm Butler
JAPHETH KIPKORIR KOECH
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Glenda H. Gunter
JELITZA E. RIVERA
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Vassiliki Zygouris-Coe
HECTOR F. MAESTRE III
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Rosemarye Taylor
MARY-MARGARET G. ROBINSON
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
VALERIE GAIL MANN-GROSSO
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Rosemarye Taylor
SANDRA PATRICIA SAMPAYO SHORTER
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
KAREMAH CAMPBELL MANSELLE
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
KAROL CARLO SAPIJASZKO
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Carolyn Hopp
JESSICA L. MARTIN
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. David A. Boote
LYNNE TELESCA
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Barbara Ehren
WALTON JOHN MCHALE
Educational Leadership
Major Advisor: Dr. Kenneth T. Murray
OLIVIA UWAMAHORO
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. W. Bryce Hagedorn
HEATHER NICOLE MYERS
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. E. H. Mike Robinson
ANGELA M. VATALARO
Education
Major Advisor: Dr. Anne McDonald Culp
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College of Engineering and Computer Science
MUHANNA SALMAN ALNOAIMI
Industrial Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Waldemar Karwowski
HANZHOU LIU
Electrical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wu
CHARLES N. ASANYA
Computer Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Ratan K. Guha
SAEED MANAFFAM
Electrical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Azadeh Vosoughi
RIZWAN ARSHAD ASHRAF
Computer Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Ronald F. DeMara
PRABHU DOSS MANI
Materials Science
Major Advisor: Dr. Kevin R. Coffey
SHAMEEK BHATTACHARJEE
Computer Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Mainak Chatterjee
DOUGLAS BRENT MAXWELL
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. John P. Kincaid
ANDRES CEBALLOS
Mechanical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Alain Kassab
MEHDI NOORI
Civil Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Omer Tatari
EDWIN ALEXIS CORTES
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo
NURI CIHAT ONAT
Civil Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Omer Tatari
ASHKAN DAVANLOU
Mechanical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Ranganathan Kumar
JUNEYOUNG PARK
Civil Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty
DANIEL RUSSELL GALLAGHER
Electrical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Donald C. Malocha
ASHKAN PAYA
Computer Science
Major Advisor: Dr. Dan C. Marinescu
MARK WILLIAM GALLAGHER
Electrical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Donald C. Malocha
RUBEN RAMIREZ PADRON
Computer Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Avelino J. Gonzalez
BEHNAM GOLESTANI
Civil Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Boo Hyun Nam
FARAZ RAMTIN
Industrial Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Pazour
ALESHIA TAYLOR HAYES
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. Charles E. Hughes
CARLOS MANUEL RODRIGUEZ
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. John P. Kincaid
CATHERINE CARLISLE KAMMERER
Materials Science
Major Advisor: Dr. Yongho Sohn
PAUL SZERLIP
Computer Science
Major Advisor: Dr. Kenneth O. Stanley
KIYOUL KIM
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. Gene Lee
Major Advisor: Dr. Luis Rabelo
CARLOS ALBERTO VELEZ
Mechanical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Subith Vasu Sumathi
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PUNEET RAMPRAKASH VISHWAKARMA
Mechanical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Yunjun Xu
JUNYAO ZHANG
Computer Science
Major Advisor: Dr. Jun Wang
YAN WEI
Mechanical Engineering
Major Advisor: Dr. Ruey-Hung Chen
College of Health and Public Affairs
ERIKA JEAN BROOKE
Public Affairs
Major Advisor: Dr. Jacinta M. Gau
MIRIAM DENISE MOORE
Public Affairs
Major Advisor: Dr. Ning Zhang
VICTORIA F. JENNISON
Public Affairs
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wan
MEHMET YESILBAS, SR.
Public Affairs
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas Wan
PAMELA SILVANNA MEDINA
Public Affairs
Major Advisor: Dr. Thomas A. Bryer
College of Medicine
LATIFA SAMIA ABDELLI
Biomedical Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Dinender K. Singla
JEFFREY TRAVIS HATCHER
Biomedical Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Zixi Cheng
RANIA MOSTAFA BASSIOUNI
Biomedical Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Annette R. Khaled
BRITTANY N. PEASE
Biomedical Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Debopam Chakrabarti
CASSANDRA NICOLE DENNYS
Biomedical Sciences
Major Advisor: Dr. Alvaro G. Estevez
College of Nursing
KRISTI RAE CAMPOE
Nursing
Major Advisor: Dr. Steven Talbert
DEBORAH VEGA DARNELL
Nursing Practie
Major Advisor: Dr. Angela Ritten
VALERIE C. DANESH
Nursing
Major Advisor: Dr. Donna F. Neff
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College of Optics and Photonics
BRIAN M. ANDERSON
Optics and Photonics
Major Advisor: Dr. Leonid Glebov
MATTHEW CHARLES REICHERT
Optics and Photonics
Major Advisor: Dr. Eric W. Van Stryland
Major Advisor: Dr. David J. Hagan
SIHUI HE
Optics and Photonics
Major Advisor: Dr. Shin-Tson Wu
CEN XIA
Optics and Photonics
Major Advisor: Dr. Guifang Li
ZHENYUE LUO
Optics and Photonics
Major Advisor: Dr. Shin-Tson Wu
College of Sciences
ANDREW FREDERICK BAIRD
Sociology
Major Advisor: Dr. Scott Carter
FARNOOD KHALILZADEH REZAIE
Physics
Major Advisor: Dr. Robert E. Peale
BRIAN EDWARD BUNNELL
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Deborah C. Beidel
MATTHEW DONALD MCINNIS
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Lei Zhai
JEAN EMIL CALDERON FLORES
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Lei Zhai
ANTHONY FRANCIS TOM MOORE
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Andres D. Campiglia
MOHAMMED DAOUDI
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Kevin Belfield
JANARDAN NATH
Physics
Major Advisor: Dr. Robert E. Peale
DANA-MARIE KARINE DENNIS
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Michael E. Sigman
LAUREN B. NORMAN
Sociology
Major Advisor: Dr. Jason A. Ford
CARLOS ENRIQUE DIAZ
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Florencio Hernandez
KATHLEEN ANN RAGSDALE
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Deborah C. Beidel
JENNIFER FEITOSA PEREIRA
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Salas
IMEN REZADAD
Physics
Major Advisor: Dr. Robert E. Peale
ORIELYZ FLORES-FERNANDEZ
Chemistry
Major Advisor: Dr. Jesus Manual Perez
AMANDA L. THAYER
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Eduardo Salas
YUQING LIN
Physics
Major Advisor: Dr. Lee Chow
CHRISTOPHER WILLIAM WIESE
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Kimberly Smith-Jentsch
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TRAVIS JOEL WILTSHIRE
Modeling and Simulation
Major Advisor: Dr. Stephen M. Fiore
BRANDON LEE YOUNG
Psychology
Major Advisor: Dr. Barbara Fritzsche
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Candidates for Master of Fine Arts
DOMINIC WESTBERG DIPAOLO
Emerging Media
TANYA PATRICIA LIPSCOMB
Creative Writing
SHELLY K. WELCH
Emerging Media
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Honors and Recognition
Order of Pegasus
Hannah Ehrli
Kaye-Alese Green
Sheridan Kushner
Shannon Payne
Baccalaureate Degree Honors
Top Honor Graduates
Irene Isaza Bevan
Cody Melissa Carty
Rebecca Angela Chang
Nicolina Victoria Demuynck
Kristen Marina Garcia
Yeraldi Abigail Geronimo
Jennifer Emily Greenstein
Ariel Hannah Pakizer
Michael Sahebi
University Honors – The Burnett Honors College
To graduate with University Honors, the student must complete 12 hours of Honors lower-division coursework, an
Honors Symposium, and upper-division Honors course requirements in his or her college or major.
Jayne-Lynn Arnold
Taylor Barnard
Angelica Barragan
Aisha Bawaney
Jason Bhagan
Laura Bickford
Jimmy Campbell
Michael Cat
Priscilla Cesar
Rebecca Chang
Lucien Charland
Nicolette Clement
Michael Debiase
Zlatan Dizdarevic
Eric Eisenberg
Shannon Free
Kristen Garcia
Sean Livingston
Aaron Marbin
Toby Margolin
Kyle McCleary
Jackson McGrath
Savannah Melzer
Esther Mezhibovsky
Savanna Mulder
Jaun Nartatez
Shannon Payne
Luciana Pinheiro
Ryan Piscopo
Natalie Reeser
Samuel Resende
Christopher Rigby
Kathryn Schafer
Jessica Sprague
Clayton Walker
Jordan Werthman
Kaley Wilburn
Holly Witt
Josiah Wong
Honors in the Major
Marina Addario
Molecular Biology and
Microbiology
Brennan Baker
Psychology
Elizabeth Boyd
International and Global Studies
Katherine Casto
Nursing
Lucien Charland
International and Global Studies
Kayla Gayle-Campbell
Nursing
Jessica Ellermets
Nursing
Erica Hirlinger
Nursing
Luke Furtak
Psychology
Isabella Jaramillo
Psychology
Michelle Galvez
Psychology
Amber Kest
Sport and Exercise Science
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Ekaterina Marchenko
Management
Shannon Payne
Anthropology
Daniel Segarra
Biomedical Sciences
Maleia Mikesell
Anthropology
Lindsay Perna
Nursing
Alexandria Smith
Psychology
Meghan Mitchell
English
Samuel Resende
Psychology
Kaley Wilburn
Biomedical Sciences
Julio Montanez
Political Science
Kathryn Schafer
Psychology
Amanda Woods
Psychology
LEAD Scholars
Ikola Baccas
Samantha Cleek
Brian Connelly
Dazjanae Dailey
Michael Dreger
Katelyn Dunigan
Brianna Franklin
Casie Goldstein
Kaye-Alese Green
Toni Gutierrez
Elouisa Hewkin
Jessica Hewkin
Nicholas Higgins
Jacob Hillman
Kearstin Kelley
Karissa Kennedy
Christina Lacerenza
Kadejah McCoy
Danielle Owings
Jeanine Perez
President’s Leadership Council
Kaye-Alese Elizabeth Green
Nathanael Jones
Sheridan Alexis Kushner
Sara Ines Sanchez
Air Force ROTC Commission
Dylan P. Goff
Sheldon M. Johnson
Tyler B. Lancaster
Enjoli Morales
Zachary Rodriguez
Army ROTC Commission
Zachary Davis
Joshua Digulla
Richard Grygier
Gabrielle LaFrance
Adam Militello
Mark Nuzzo
Crystal Vanaria
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Lily Rappeport
Brian Santiago
Gal Sharony
Destiny Shurte
Holly Strong
Monica Vega
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Baccalaureate Honors
Baccalaureate Honors are conferred on those students who complete a minimum of 48 semester hours at UCF and
attain an overall grade point average that falls in the top 10 percent of all graduating students in the same college
over the prior two-year period.
Honors are distinguished as follows:
*** summa cum laude—students in the top 2.5 percent
** magna cum laude—students in the top 5 percent but not in the top 2.5 percent
* cum laude—students in the top 10 percent but not in the top 5 percent
The asterisk (*) appears as indicated above next to the name of each graduate who may qualify for Baccalaureate
Honors.
Because records for the final term are incomplete at the time the commencement program is printed and final term
grades may affect relative rankings and overall GPA, indication in the program of graduation with Honors is
presumptive rather than conclusive.
Baccalaureate Honors list cutpoints are available at:
http://ikm.ucf.edu/enrollment-graduation/grad-honors-gpa-standing
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The Commencement Ceremony and Academic Regalia
The Academic Procession has descended from religious processions that came to include teaching faculties when universities were closely
associated with the medieval church. The presence of a piper in American academic processionals has become popular in recent years. The pipers
for UCF’s ceremonies are David Enzfelder and Reg Lyle.
The procedure followed for the awarding of degrees is based on a practice developed at the University of Paris almost 800 years ago. In
those days, the bishop of Paris, like every other bishop, was responsible for local educational curriculum and degree granting. His authority in
these matters, however, soon came to be disputed by the teachers. They asserted that only they could be the proper judges of the qualifications of
the students. This threatened impasse was resolved by a compromise under which the teachers, or masters, judged the merits of the students and
then recommended them to the bishop for their degrees. Today’s ceremony includes a secularized version of that procedure. A representative of
the Faculty Senate certifies that the student candidates are qualified to receive their degrees. The president then authorizes the awarding of the
degree.
Academic heraldry in the form of academic dress reaches as far back as the earliest days of the oldest universities. Formal directives
concerning the correct and proper wearing of academic regalia date back to the early 14th Century. In the United States, as a result of our English
heritage, caps and gowns have been used since colonial times.
As heraldic devices such as shields, coats of arms, and standards could identify a knight and his individual heritage, academic regalia
can describe the academic origin and accomplishments of the wearer. Easily recognizable are holders of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral
degrees. With the same glance, the trained eye may identify the university that conferred the degree as well as the individual’s field of learning.
The shape and decorations of the gown are the keys to the highest degree earned by an individual. The gown for bachelor’s has long
pointed sleeves and is designed to be worn closed only. The master’s gown has an oblong sleeve and is open at the wrist; the rear part of its
oblong shape is square cut, and the front part has an arc cut away. The master’s gown may be worn open or closed. The doctor’s gown has bellshaped sleeves, may be worn open or closed, and may be most readily identified by its velvet facing down the front and by three velvet chevrons
on each sleeve.
It is the hood, however, which is the most important and distinctive feature of American academic pageantry. Chevrons enable those
attending an academic function to distinguish at a glance the wearer’s academic heritage. The bachelor’s hood, seldom seen in American
academic circles, is three feet long with a two-inch edging of velvet. The master’s hood is three and one-half feet long with a three-inch edging.
The doctor’s hood is four feet long with a five-inch edging.
The color of the hood’s velvet edging represents the field in which the wearer earned his or her degree. Although black may be used for
any area, colors denoting selected fields of learning are as follows at UCF and American universities: all Ph.D.s are edged in dark blue, while
professional doctorates, such as the Ed.D., are edged in the color of professional discipline.
The hoods used by American colleges and universities are lined with silk in the official academic colors of the institution that conferred
the degree. UCF graduates, for example, will wear hoods with linings of black and gold. Generally, a school’s academic colors are identical to its
athletic colors.
The academic regalia you see before you today can be traced directly back to the beginnings of the oldest colleges and universities. In
1885, there occurred a widespread student movement in America to wear caps and gowns at commencement ceremonies. The graduating students
seemed to feel a need for significant and dignified apparel for the occasion. By 1895, widespread adoption of a uniform code by 95 percent of
colleges and universities in the country gave America its own distinct academic regalia.
However, at any academic gathering, there usually appear regalia which cannot be fathomed by these guidelines. Some of these may be from
foreign universities; others are from those American institutions that have preferred to remain with the European tradition of allowing each school
to determine its own costume. The result is the academic regalia you see before you today. The colors of the master hoods are as follows:
College of Arts and Humanities
DISCIPLINE............................................................................................................................... COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Creative Writing ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Brown
Digital Media.............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Brown
Emerging Media ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Brown
English ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ White
Film ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Brown
Foreign Languages ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... White
History ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... White
Interactive Entertainment .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... White
Music ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Pink
Spanish ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... White
Teaching English as Second Language ................................................................................................................................................................................. White
Theatre ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Brown
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College of Business Administration
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Accounting........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Drab
Business Administration .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Drab
Economics ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Drab
Management ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Drab
Real Estate ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Drab
Sports Business Management.......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Drab
Taxation ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Drab
College of Education and Human Performance
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Education................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Light Blue
College of Engineering and Computer Science
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Computer Science ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Orange
Digital Forensics .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Orange
Engineering .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Orange
College of Graduate Studies
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Conservation Biology Professional ................................................................................................................................................................................... Science Gold
Interdisciplinary Studies ................................................................................................................................................................................................................. White
College of Health and Public Affairs
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Communication Sciences and Disorders ..............................................................................................................................................................................Sage Green
Criminal Justice .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. Midnight Blue
Health Care Informatics ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... Kelly Green
Health Sciences .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Kelly Green
Nonprofit Management ..................................................................................................................................................................................................... Peacock Blue
Public Administration ....................................................................................................................................................................................................... Peacock Blue
Research Administration .................................................................................................................................................................................................. Peacock Blue
Social Work .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Citron
Urban and Regional Planning .............................................................................................................................................................................................. Blue-Violet
College of Medicine
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Biomedical Sciences ............................................................................................................................................................................................................ Science Gold
Biotechnology ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Science Gold
College of Nursing
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Nursing .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Apricot
College of Optics and Photonics
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Optics and Photonics ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Aqua
College of Sciences
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Anthropology .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. White
Biology ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Science Gold
Chemistry ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. Science Gold
Communication .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Crimson
Forensic Science ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Science Gold
Mathematical Sciences ...................................................................................................................................................................................................... Science Gold
Physics ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Science Gold
Political Science ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Dark Blue
Psychology .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Science Gold
Sociology ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... White
Statistical Computing .......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Science Gold
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
DISCIPLINE ................................................................................................................................. COLOR OF DISCIPLINE
Hospitality and Tourism Management ................................................................................................................................................................................... Pineapple
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College Gonfalons
The gonfalon originated in the medieval state of Italy as an ensign of the state of office. The UCF gonfalons
designate the university seal, the various colleges, and the core values of The UCF Creed. The colors of the
university, black and gold, are joined together in a UCF star common to all colleges.
The University Mace
During the Middle Ages, the mace was an effective weapon in battle; but as newer and more powerful military arms
developed, it was transformed into a symbol of authority.
The earliest ceremonial maces were borne by bodyguards of 12th Century English and French kings. By the end of
the 16th Century, they were used widely by officials of English cities and towns. Today, the ceremonial mace is
found in the British Houses of Parliament and is frequently carried in ecclesiastical processions and in university
convocations and commencement ceremonies.
The mace incorporates two symbols identified with the University of Central Florida. The top is cast in the shape of
the star found over the Pegasus in the UCF emblem. Inside the star is a reproduction of the “Flame of Hope”
sculpture near the UCF library.
The mace is cast in bronze with three bronze UCF emblems inlaid at the crest of the rosewood staff. The center of
the staff is engraved with the names of the presidents of UCF.
The creation of UCF’s mace was a collective effort by UCF art professor Jagdish Chavda, sculptor David Cambia,
and wood craftsman David Conway.
The Presidential Medallion
The gold medallion worn by the university president at formal and ceremonial occasions marks the president as a
distinguished scholar and administrator, the highest officer of the university, and one who strives to uphold the twin
tenets established by its founders: Accent on the Individual and Accent on Excellence.
The medallion is embossed with the university seal showing the mythical Pegasus ascending toward a single
heavenly star and the motto, Reach for the Stars. The seal serves as a visible reminder to each member of the
university community to strive to reach individual goals. The president has been entrusted to maintain and develop
an atmosphere in which these creeds can be realized. The presidential position represented by the medallion
epitomizes the foundations and aspirations of the university that the president has pledged to uphold.
As the only university official who can formally award a degree, the president recognizes the graduates for meeting
the standards of excellence set by the university and for reaching the point from which new ventures begin.
From the presentation of the first medallion in 1968 to charter President Charles Millican to the one worn today, the
Presidential Medallion has remained a symbol of academic leadership and the legacy of those pioneers who
launched a unique experiment in higher education.
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Honorary Degrees Awarded
December 1969
Kurt H. Debus, Doctor of Engineering Science
April 1996
Nicolaas Bloembergen, Doctor of Science
William H. Dial, Doctor of Commercial Science
December 1996
Richard A. Nunis, Doctor of Public Service
June 1970
John W. Young, Doctor of Applied Sciences
May 1997
Maxwell C. King, Doctor of Public Service
March 1973
Louis C. Murray, Doctor of Public Service
August 1974
Fred C. Clayton, Doctor of Professional
Joe R. Lee, Doctor of Commercial Science
Engineering
August 1978
Richard F. Livingston,
August 1998
Trevor Colbourn, Doctor of Humane Letters
December 1998
Linda W. Chapin, Doctor of Public Service
December 1999
Oscar Arias, Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Business Administration
June 1979
Reubin Askew, Doctor of Public Service
Albert F. Hegenberger,
Desmond Tutu, Doctor of Humane Letters
Doctor of Engineering Science
Lee R. Scherer, Doctor of Engineering Science
May 2000
Lotfi Zadeh, Doctor of Science
May 2001
James Bacchus, Doctor of Public Services
December 1979
Joseph Daniel Duffey, Doctor of Humane Letters
Richard M. Karp, Doctor of Science
June 1980
Thelma Vivian Jackson Dudley,
Joseph F. Traub, Doctor of Science
Doctor of Humanities
LeRoy T. Walker, Sr., Doctor of Public Service
Howard Phillips, Doctor of Public Service
May 2002
Richard M. DeVos, Sr.,
October 2002
Albert Burnett, Doctor of Commercial Science
John Duda, Doctor of Agricultural Service
December 2002
Robert E. Kahn, Doctor of Science
Robert J. Whalen, Doctor of Engineering Science
December 2004
G. Vince Amico, Doctor of Science
December 1981
Gene Burns, Master of Letters
April 1982
Andrew Duda, Jr., Doctor of Agricultural Service
Doctor of Commercial Science
Ferdinand Duda, Doctor of Agricultural Service
July 1982
Nancy Burnett, Doctor of Commercial Science
Mary Jo Davis, Doctor of Public Service
Lester Mandell, Doctor of Commercial Science
William E. Davis, Doctor of Public Service
May 2005
Harriet Elam-Thomas, Doctor of Public Service
December 1982
Joseph A. Boyd, Doctor of Engineering Science
March 2006
Anibel Acevedo Vila, Doctor of Public Science
July 1983
J. W. Hubler, Doctor of Engineering Science
December 2006
Rita Bornstein, Doctor of Humane Letters
Charles Wadsworth, Doctor of Public Service
May 2007
Charles Hard Townes, Doctor of Science
December 1984
Allan E. Gotieb, Doctor of Laws
December 2008
Robert Vander Weide, Doctor of Commerce
May 1985
George J. Becker, Jr., Doctor of Public Service
May 2009
Howard Lance, Doctor of Science
Jerry S. Roth, Doctor of Commercial Science
Jerry Collins, Doctor of Public Service
December 2009
D. Robert Graham, Doctor of Public Service
December 2011
James A. Hinson, Doctor of Public Service
Walter O. Lowrie, Doctor of Engineering Science
December 2012
Sanford Shugart, Doctor of Humane Letters
William C. Schwartz, Doctor of Engineering
May 2013
William Jefferson Clinton, Doctor of Humane
Science
March 1986
Letters
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Doctor of Letters
October 1988
Elie Wiesel, Doctor of Letters
December 1988
Sven Caspersen, Doctor of Engineering Science
Michael M. Crow, Doctor of Humane Letters
August 2014
Judith A. Albertson, Doctor of Humane Letters
December 2014
Alan Ginsburg, Doctor of Public Service
Phyllis A. Klock, Doctor of Commercial Science
John D. Holloway, Doctor of Public Service
Wolfgang-Detlef Petri,
Richard Walsh, Doctor of Commercial Science
Doctor of Commercial Science
May 1989
Frank M. Hubbard, Doctor of Public Service
David Albertson, Doctor of Humane Letters
William S. Jenkins, Doctor of Humane Letters
James C. Robinson, Doctor of Public Service
Charles N. Millican, Doctor of Laws
May 1990
Helen Harris Perlman, Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1991
Roald Hoffman, Doctor of Science
Thaddeus Seymour, Doctor of Letters
May 1992
Robert Bryan, Doctor of Humane Letters
May 1993
Buell G. Duncan, Jr., Doctor of Commercial
May 1995
Norman R. Augustine, Doctor of Engineering
December 1995
Jesse Stone, Doctor of Humane Letters
Science
Science
President John C. Hitt with Dr. Phyllis A. Klock.
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Degrees Conferred
B.A.
B.A.B.A.
B.A.S.
B.Des
B.F.A.
B.M.
B.M.E.
B.S.
B.S.As.E.
B.S.B.A.
B.S.C.E.
B.S.Cp.E.
B.S.ConE
B.S.E.E.
B.S.E.E.T.
B.S.E.T.
B.S.Env.E.
B.S.I.E.
B.S.M.E.
B.S.N.
B.S.P.S.E.
B.S.W.
D.N.P.
D.P.T.
Ed.D.
Ed.S.
M.A.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Design in Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Photonic Science and Engineering
Bachelor of Social Work
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Doctor of Education
Education Specialist
Master of Arts
M.A.A.E.
M.A.T.
M.P.A.
M.B.A.
M.D.
M.Ed.
M.F.A.
M.N.M.
M.S.
M.S.A.
M.S.A.E.
M.S.B.M.
M.S.C.E.
M.S.Cp.E.
M.S.E.E.
M.S.Env.E.
M.S.I.E.
M.S.M.
M.S.M.E.
M.S.M.S.E.
M.S.N.
M.S.R.E.
M.S.T.
M.S.W.
Ph.D.
Master of Arts in Applied Economics
Master of Arts in Teaching
Master of Public Administration
Master of Business Administration
Doctor of Medicine
Master of Education
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Nonprofit Management
Master of Science
Master of Science in Accounting
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Master of Sports Business Management
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
Master of Science in Management
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Material Science and
Engineering
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Real Estate
Master of Science in Taxation
Master of Social Work
Doctor of Philosophy
Diploma Distribution Information
Approximately 6-10 weeks after commencement, all baccalaureate, education specialists, and master’s degree
diplomas will be mailed to the address indicated on the student’s Intent to Graduate form. To update their diploma
mailing addresses, undergraduate students should contact the Registrar’s Office, and master’s students should
contact the College of Graduate Studies.
For additional information, undergraduate students should call the Registrar’s Office at 407-823-3100. Graduate
students should contact the College of Graduate Studies at 407-823-4132.
Congratulations, graduates!
Lost and found items may be turned in or claimed at Guest Services, located at the main entrance on the second
level. All University of Central Florida campus activities, events, programs, and facilities are available to all
students of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender
identity, gender expression, and veterans’ status with due respect to law and the university’s philosophy of respect
for individual and personal dignity.
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UCF ALMA MATER
All hail to Alma Mater whose banner black and gold,
Will wave in fame and splendor as the passing years unfold.
May loyalty and friendship, within our hearts unite,
And light the star to guide us ever upward in our flight.
With honor and affection our friendship will renew,
We sing of thee our Alma Mater ever true.
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Gonfalons Symbolize the Spirit of the University of Central Florida
College of Arts and Humanities
College of Medicine
The senses of sight, sound, and sensation
are transformed by spirit and creativity into
meaningful diverse forms of expression in
the College of Arts and Humanities.
The Rod of Aesculapius, serpent entwined around
, is an ancient Greek symbol associated with
healing the sick. The rod topped by the UCF Flame
of Hope is spiraled with the DNA’s double helix to
form the symbol for the College of Medicine.
The Burnett Honors College
College of Nursing
ame
symbolizes The Burnett Honors College’s mission
to foster honor and passion for lifelong learning.
The spirit of the College of Nursing is
conveyed by images that symbolize
caring, knowledge, and leadership.
College of Business Administration
College of Optics and Photonics
Familiar symbols elicit world marketplace
nance for the
College of Business Administration with its
innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities,
and nationally recognized programs.
The striking multifaceted relief captures the spirit
of the Age of Light and epitomizes the science and
technology of the College of Optics and Photonics
uence in the 21st Century.
College of Education and
Human Performance
College of Sciences
THE UCF CREED
Integrity, scholarship, community,
creativity, and excellence are the core
values that guide our conduct,
performance, and decisions.
INTEGRITY
I will practice and defend academic
and personal honesty.
SCHOLARSHIP
I will cherish and honor learning as
a fundamental purpose of my membership
in the
UCF community.
COMMUNITY
I will promote an open and
supportive campus environment by
respecting the rights and contributions
of every individual.
CREATIVITY
I will use my talents to enrich the
human experience.
EXCELLENCE
I will strive toward the highest
standards of performance in any
nitive symbol
of education and knowledge for centuries.
And for the College of Education, a galaxy of
encircling stars serves as a shining example
of diverse opportunities for learning.
Science seeks to explain how the world works—
living organisms, the physical world, people
in groups, and people as individuals. Just as a
microscope gives a way to look at objects otherwise
too small to see, so the tools of scientific inquiry
let us observe nature in its many aspects.
ce of Undergraduate Studies
College of Engineering and
Computer Science
The Space Transportation System symbolizes
c
feats ever achieved and epitomizes the spirit of the
College of Engineering and Computer Science.
College of Graduate Studies
Leadership, research, and service empower
graduate students in the division’s quality
learning environment. The doctoral cap, hood,
and gown epitomize the highest achievement
for the College of Graduate Studies.
The Office of Undergraduate Studies provides
the foundation, vision, and leadership necessary
for students to reach their academic potential
and to prepare for the steps, challenges,
and rewards of lifelong learning.
Rosen College of Hospitality
Management
The central fountain, framed by Mediterranean
arches, has come to symbolize the Rosen College of
Hospitality Management’s state-of-the-art campus
and its standard of excellence for the industry.
endeavor i undertake.
airs
Academic programs in the College of Health and
airs are bound together by a shared sense
of purpose—to serve communities and contribute
knowledge that improves the quality of life of citizens.
The UCF Creed
Integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and
excellence are the core values that guide the
university’s conduct, performance, and decisions.
COMMENCEMENT
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
August 8, 2015
CFE Arena
Orlando, Florida
This commencement program will be available at http://commencement.ucf.edu/2015/summer/archive
for download as a PDF beginning Monday, August 10, 2015.

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