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UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences | Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement

(“Pomp and Circumstance”) (gentle piano music) – [Narrator] Things are alittle different this year, a little different and a little distant.

They say, it's unprecedented.

We say, it's a chanceto show our strengths through innovation, ingenuity, patience and generosity, things Knights are known for.

Your time at UCF ended differently than we all thought it would, no Pomp, no Circumstance and no hard earned, welldeserved walk across the stage, at least, not yet.

But here's the thing, thatwalk doesn't make you a Knight, you've always been a Knight, ever since you stepped oncampus, maybe long before then and nothing will ever change that.

You have years of experiences that no one can take away from you, exciting memories, inspiring moments, challenging triumphs and dreams come true.

– [Commentator] Unbeaten, 13-0.

– [Narrator] No one willever have the same college experience as you andthat's a wonderful thing.

– [News Anchor] Class is beginning for the first time at UCF Downtown.

The 15-acre campus is the new home to more than 20 degree programs.

– [Narrator] The futureis yours to shape too.

No matter what your focuswas in the classroom, you are now a better version of yourself, ready to make an impactright here in our community.

– [News Anchor] UCF is handing out free take home food for families in need.

– [Narrator] Across the country.

– [News Anchor] LimbitlessSolutions is 3D printing parts for masks for first responders.

– [Narrator] Around the world.

– We have scientists, we have engineers, we have others who could be thinking about how do you test, how do youdiagnose, how do you cure? – [Narrator] And out beyond the stars.

– [News Anchor] Determined toreturn to the moon by 2024.

UCF is a critical part of that plan.

– [Narrator] Right now, we celebrate you, the class of 2020 in the best way we can and simply ask that you takecare of yourself and others.

Stay strong, stay curiousand as always, Charge On.

(gentle piano music) (upbeat bagpipes music) – Welcome to the 160thcommencement exercise of the University of Central Florida.

I am Doctor Christopher Ingersoll, Dean of the College of HealthProfessions and Sciences.

To begin our ceremony, our vocalist, Jose Velez, and our organist, Andrew Walker, will lead us in the singingour national anthem.

(“The Star-Spangled Banner”) ♪ O say can you see ♪ ♪ By the dawn's early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪ ♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪ ♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket's red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ O say does that star-spangled ♪ ♪ Banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ – Mr.

President, the Spring2020 graduating class of the University ofCentral Florida's College of Health Professions andSciences are virtually assembled.

– Thank you, and thank you all for being with us online today.

Obviously, this virtual commencement is not our preferred wayto honor your achievements, but given the new realities the pandemic has forced upon our community, nation and the world, we do hope we are able toprovide some recognition worthy of your successes until such time as we can do so in person.

This is a big milestone inthe lives of our graduates and I am very pleasedthat so many friends, family members and guestshave joined us virtually to help celebrate their accomplishments.

It took a lot of hard work forthem to get to where they are and I am honored to rewardthem with the degrees and certificates they are here to receive.

They have definitely earned them.

I know you are proud of your graduates and I also know that agood part of their success is because of your love and support.

Family and friends, thankyou for all you have done to help get them this far and for all you will continue to do.

Today is a celebrationof your success, too.

Before we continue, Iwould like to acknowledge some special members of the UCF family who may not be with us online today, UCF's brave men and women who have been called awayto active military duty.

I would also like to acknowledge two additional groups of graduates: graduating members of our ROTC programs who have just been, or are about to be, commissioned as officersin our armed forces, and our graduating student veterans.

All of these graduates deserve our special thanks and congratulations.

To UCF's faculty, you are the foundation of our great institution and mentors to the next generation ofpioneers and innovators.

Thank you for yourcontributions and impact.

The dedication you, and alleducators, have displayed during this pandemic isnothing short of amazing.

Our commencement speakers today probably need no introductionto Knight Nation.

Identical twins Shaquemand Shaquill Griffin both received their Bachelorof Arts in Human Communication from UCF in 2016.

Growing up, both excelledin football and track and, of course, went on toplay together here at UCF.

Shaquem was a two-yearstarter at outside linebacker.

As a senior in 2017, he helpedthe team to a 13-0 record, a Chick-fil-A PeachBowl victory over Auburn and a National Championship.

He was selected as the Chick-fil-APeach Bowl Defensive MVP, named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time First TeamAll-Conference honoree.

Shaquill was a two-yearstarter at cornerback for the Knights, earningAll-Conference honors in 2016.

His 15 passes broken up as a senior were the second most by aKnight in a single-season and he ranked fifth in thenation in passes defended.

In 2017 NFL Draft, hewas selected 90th overall by the Seattle Seahawks, and was named to his first Pro Bowl in 2019.

Shaquem joined Shaquillwith the Seahawks in 2018 when he was picked by Seattle in the fifth round of the draft.

Active in their community and an inspiration to people everywhere, they embody the spirit of Knight Nation.

Please welcome, by video, Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin.

– What's up Knight Nation, theclass of 2016 here Shaquem.

– And Shaquill Griffinand first and foremost, I wanna say congratulations to everybody that's graduating in this year's class.

I also wanna say thankyou to UCF for giving me and my brother this opportunity to speak at this year's commencementspeech, definitely an honor and today, you know, I thoughtabout writing a speech down, you know, you usually dobut I wouldn't be authentic, I wanna be real and also I'mhere, no pen, no paper, just me and first thing I wannatalk about is just real life and real life after graduationand on the first thing, you know, first, yougotta know your worth, you know, know your worth, know the sacrifices you've made to get here today to graduateand you all earned it, you all deserve it.

So, going out there, I wanna say, I wanna tell you guys a little story.

I'm going to revolve around athletics because it's the easiest wayfor me to express how I feel, so you guys, just barewith me for a little bit.

I remember leaving high school, attending my first year at theUniversity of Central Florida and I was on my high horse, you know, I was on cloud nine, just feeling like I was that guy.

You know, coming from high school, well known guy in high school, he was that dude and Igot comfortable with that and you know, that's who Ithought I was and I attended UCF and you know, you start to gothrough different scenarios and hardships through collegeand all you guys can relate, you know, there's alwayssome hard times in college and so, going through myfreshman year, my sophomore year, came to my junior year, I hit a little wall and this wall causedme to forget who I was, forget the worth that I thought I had and it put me in aposition where I felt like I couldn't finish, I thoughtI wasn't gonna make it and I had second thoughtsabout who I would become or who I am becoming and you know, it's kind of cool to tell this story because, you know, my brother, being the guy that he is andhe motivates so many people, he doesn't even know that he'sone of my biggest motivation.

You know, going into mysenior year, his junior year, you know, him finallygetting the opportunity to play for the first time, and most people do knowour story, you know, you kind of know everything that he went through since he was a child, you know, attending UCF and just see him get the opportunity andtake full advantage of it, because he always knew hisworth, he never got his worth, everything that he hadbeen through, he overcame because he always knew who he were, who he was, should I say, I'm sorry and that kind of brought the light back to who I was and who I am.

I figured out who I wantedto be and I found my worth.

I knew I was gonna be something great and had to believe in that.

One thing I could ever askfor was the opportunity, which I was lucky to askfor and I knew once I got the opportunity, I'm gonnatake full advantage of it.

So, the main thing is, never forget your worth.

You know, till this day, I will never forget again and you guys shouldnever forget your worth because look where you at today.

You made this far, sograduate and you deserve that and now, it's time for youto just find your purpose, what's the reason why you do all that, what's the reason why yousacrificed so much time, so much time away from family, you know, to be able toget this next exam done, make sure you had the best grades, so you can achieve whateveryou want to achieve.

So, find your purpose, find what makes you happy, find what you love andtake full advantage of it and remember, being a UCF Knight, all we ever needed was the opportunity and you know, being a fellowalumni, it's all we ever needed and then you take full advantage of it.

You know, I feel like there'sno one better than UCF and I feel like we are the future.

So, let's continue to begreat, let's continue to, you know, strive for a better tomorrow and let's do it, you deserve it all.

Now, I let my brothertake it off from here.

– Yeah, well that's atough one to come behind.

I wanna say thank you to UCFand fellow alum and future alum for allowing me and brother todo this commencement speech.

Yeah, there's a lot I couldsay, I mean, coming to UCF man, being the younger brother, I knew what was going on, but one thing I can say about UCF is, it allowed me to figure out who I was, it allowed to me experiencecertain things like adversity and not only adversity, butyou know, certain pleasures, the positive, you know, meetingnew friends, new family, being apart of a greatnation, like Knight Nation.

UCF did so much more than justbeing on the school campus and seeing the beautifulscenery and being in Orlando.

UCF brought brotherhood tome and brought family to me, it brought so much more than I would have never thought to accomplishor gain at a school.

Yo, it's going crazy right now, I thought about writinga speech, but I did not, I thought about gettinghelp from my agents or somebody else getting towrite it but it wouldn't be true to me and to you unless youheard my words and how I felt and I feel that you'llshould hear it from the heart and all jokes aside, I mean, like a half-suit right now and I'm pretty sure youguys are at home comfortable and it's like wondering why we, you know, doing a commencement speech over the phone but during this very, veryserious topic and you know, with the Coronavirus and everything, making sure that we allpractice social distancing but yeah, we wanted to makesure that you hear from us and the one thing I reallywanna talk about is adversity and I think adversitymade me who I am today.

Just to put more into it, don't let adversitydictate who you gonna be.

I mean, this is a time inyour life where you're going into the real world, whatour parents would say but take advantage ofevery opportunity you get, don't allow obstaclesand different barriers that's gonna be on your wayto dictate who you gonna be and what kind of person that you wanna set out to show everybody.

Just to give you an example, you know, just coming out of college, I didn't know how it was gonna go, I didn'tknow how the job was gonna be, I didn't where I was gonna be at.

You know, by the grace of God, I got the opportunity tobe back with my brother, you know, the best friendthat you could ever get and even through that time, I felt like, you know, everything was going my way, I felt like everything wasfigured out until it wasn't.

I experienced a lot ofadversity during my first year in the league but thatwas just something that I needed to go through, thatwas something that taught me, that's something that builtme to be a better person but I wouldn't know how to do that unless I was an alumni of UCF.

What separates us fromeverybody else at other schools, the other nations, is that we're strong.

We know adversity, we felt it before and we know what to do when it comes.

You beat it, you fightit and you attack it every single day it comes at you and you become a betterperson, a better you.

Now through the adversity, you always gonna learn how to be strong.

You'll gotta know, when things get hard, you fight even harder and that's one thing I want you all to take with you.

Don't let adversity anddon't let obstacles stop you from being great, don'tlet obstacles stop you from helping the next person after you.

Look to your left and look to your right and know that you got people behind you, supporting you and alwaysknow that you're never alone.

I got you like nation gotyou, we all got each other, so always remember that andone thing I want all of you to take with you, while youleaving this beautiful campus and you can't come back unlessyou coming for more school, help somebody out.

Be great, change the world, that's what we're here for, that's what we came to UCFfor, 'cause we wanted to help, we wanna change the world, we wanna make the world a better place and if I know I helped one person and that one person helped 10 then that 10 can help 1000 later.

So with your help, with your greatness, the Knight Nation greatness, let's make the world a better place and I'm pretty sure I'll beseeing all of you out there, Knight Nation, fellow alum, congratulations, I'll be seeing you soon.

– And one more thing, Knight Nation, being the best nation, we refuse to be put ina box or be categorized and think that what wecan't be and what will be, let's continue to begreat 'cause we are great and we are this future.

So, like my brother said, let's change the world, go Knights.

– Thank you, Shaquem and Shaquill.

Your example motivates us to charge on.

And now, the exciting time in our program when degrees are conferred andwe read our graduate's names.

Given the number anddiversity of names at UCF, we apologize if there areany mispronunciations.

Will Doctor MichaelJohnson, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, please commence with theconferral of degrees.

– The doctoral degree represents the highest academicachievement a person can earn.

To receive the doctorate, candidates must demonstrate proficiency through advancedgraduate course work and examinations anddemonstrate to their university professors and peers that they can engage in substantive research that adds to the body of knowledgein their fields of study.

Doctor Elizabeth Klonoff, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Collegeof Graduate Studies, will present the candidatesfor the doctoral degree.

– Mister President, on behalfof the dean and the faculty, I am pleased to present these candidates for the degrees for which they qualify and recommend that they be conferred.

– Thank you, Doctor Klonoff.

Candidates, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Florida and with the concurrence ofthe UCF Board of Trustees, I confer upon you thedegree for which you have been recommended and forwhich you have qualified, with all the rights and responsibilities thereto appertaining, congratulations.

– The hooding ceremony is traditional for the conferral of a doctoral degree.

The hood is a UCF hood, as itsblack and gold colors denote, and the velvet representsthe field of study.

Regrettably, we cannot performthis ceremony at this time, but we will read the names of those who have qualified for this distinction.

– [Announcer] Michelle Angulo Akash Bali Marta M Carrion Chandler Alexander Collins Kayla Combs Madison Paige Delgado Rishi P.

Garib Emiangeliz Gonzalez Luna Mckaleigh B Goodale Sarah Beth Guettler Chelsea Marie Hart Katherine A Herzfeld Amber Nicole Hollis Fahima Mireya Jahan-Flynn Daniel Felix Jimenez Chestton W Joffe Kyle Patrick Joslyn Sky Nicole Knott Daniel William Komforti Kelly Marie Lamaster Nicholas Wayne Lawless James Weston Maggert Adonis Terrence Magras Nicholas Everett Mercer Alexander John-Thomas Peller John Nelson Phillips Clay Wesley Pilkington Bridget C Presnell Christopher J Quinn Katherine Reus Jeffrey T Schmidt Daniel Ney Torres Luis Alexander Velazquez Hannah K Webster – To all of our doctoralcandidates, congratulations.

– Doctor Elizabeth Klonoff, Vice President for Research and Dean of the Collegeof Graduate Studies, will you present the candidatesfor the master's degree.

– Mister President, on behalfof the dean and the faculty, I am pleased to present these candidates for the degrees for which they qualify and to recommend that they be conferred.

– Thank you, Doctor Klonoff.

Candidates, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Florida and with the concurrence ofthe UCF Board of Trustees, I confer upon you thedegree for which you have been recommended and forwhich you are qualified with all the rights and responsibilities thereto appertaining.

Congratulations to those whohave earned this distinction.

– [Announcer] Jennifer Arlin Abreu Nicole Marie Bagley Laurel Lennon Barrett Kathleen Belt Kaitlyn Marie Boyland Courtney P Brimmer III Jonathan Daniel Bruce Michael Andrew Bryant Jessica Lynn Buchanan Marriah Nazaria Carlos Stephanie Alexandra Castro Neena Lee Champion Theasa Angela Chavers Meredith Lynn Cohen Phillip Hunter Combass Daniella Marie Curbelo Ashtyn Dalal Krystal Elizabeth Dave Brionna Mikayla Davis Catherine Anne Davis Robyn M.

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– I am proud to present thebaccalaureate candidates from the College of HealthProfessions and Sciences.

Interim Provost Johnson, it is my pleasure to recommend that thesestudents be granted the degrees for which they qualify.

– Thank you.

Mister President, thebaccalaureate candidates have been recommended for graduation by the dean and faculty of their college.

I concur with theserecommendations and present the candidates to you forthe awarding of degrees.

– By virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Floridaand with the concurrence of the UCF Board ofTrustees, I confer upon you the degree for which youhave been recommended and for which you havequalified, with all of the rights and responsibilities thereto appertaining.

We will begin with our honor recognitions.

These names are availablein the online program.

A printed version will be mailed to graduates with your diploma.

Will Doctor Sheila AminGutiérrez de Piñeres, Dean of the Burnett Honors College, start us off, followed by Doctor Johnson.

– The Burnett Honors College, which represents the top students at UCF, is committed to cultivatingtalent and inspiring excellence.

Burnett Honors Scholars areprepared to not only tackle the future, but alsofundamentally change it.

They further the intellectualmission and the tenets of the UCF Creed through theiroutstanding accomplishments.

To those students who are graduating with University Honors or who completed Honors UndergraduateThesis, congratulations.

– We are very proud of our distinctive LEAD Scholars Academy, the only one in the State University System and one with few peers across the country.

During their years at UCF, LEAD Scholars have a unique opportunity to engage in the academicstudy of leadership, to lead others and to serve our community.

To these students, pleaseaccept our congratulations.

Honor Medallions arepresented to the students who have achieved the highest grade-point averages in their colleges.

To these students and their families, thank you and congratulations.

We are also very proud of our distinguishedPresident's Leadership Council, whose members are selectedon the basis of scholarship, leadership, service, andthe ability to function as ambassadors and hostsfor the university.

Thank you to our graduating President's Leadership Councilmembers and congratulations and lastly, in 2001, the university establishedthe Order of Pegasus, an honor that recognizesoutstanding senior and graduate studentswho have demonstrated overall excellence in universityinvolvement, leadership, academic achievementand community service.

Because of the breadth of accomplishments required for this award, the Order of Pegasus is the most prestigious andsignificant student award that can be attained at the university.

These names, along with the names of all of our honor graduates, areavailable in the online program and the printed versionthat will be mailed to graduates with their diplomas.

Thank you and congratulations.

– We will now recognizethe top honor graduates, followed by the baccalaureate graduates from the College of HealthProfessions and Sciences in alphabetical order, followed by closing remarks from The Honorable KylerGray, student body president and member of the UCF Board of Trustees and President Cartwright.

Congratulations, graduates.

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Williams Tori Nicole Witkowski Aaron Michael-James Wizenberg Yesuly Francela Wong Ashlynn Grace Wood Zaria Samaiyah Woods Madison Kellie Worley Jayla L Wright Brianna Nicole Yancey Alexandria Elizabeth Young Estefany Young Serin Zachariah Anastassia Zahharova Sarah Elizabeth Zein Cara Rose Zimmerman Daniela Zuart Hannah Rose Zuccari – Hello friends, colleaguesand most importantly, graduates of the Spring 2020 class of the University of Central Florida.

While I understand thatthis is not the ceremony you expected, or frankly, the ceremony you wanted, here we are and I am right here with you.

Here we sit in front ofyou, still able to recognize your contributions to our beloved UCF, and even in the midst ofthe chaos that has overtaken our country and planet, this is your day.

Your day to reflect on all of the things you have accomplished, but most importantly, a day to eye further andto ponder on the things you will and want to accomplish.

Each of us has a unique story, and at UCF, we celebrate this diversity, we acknowledge the fact that we have all come fromdifferent backgrounds to be here and have all overcome unique barriers and constraints throughoutour college careers, and this COVID-19 pandemic is one of them, but I assure you thatit will not be the last.

Nonetheless, everyone sits in this room under the same title: Graduatesof the Spring 2020 class of The University of Central Florida.

I have always said that thebest part about attending UCF, is the fact that we are a part of a story, a book if you will, thatis not yet finished.

Today, you are authors in your own right, and while your pen hasmetaphorically run out of ink on this chapter, your book and UCF's book is far from finished.

As a graduate, a newchapter is now to be written as your new role as an alumni, and with this new role, you have now earned avery special platform.

You should use this platformto pursue your passion and to bring positive changeto the world around us.

This commencement marks the beginning of a great journey that starts today, and you should be lookingforward to many more.

At this historical moment, you have the opportunity to scale new heights, todo more, to be better, and to Charge On witha conviction to serve and make our world a better place.

Paired with your passion, serve this world in your own unique way, andnever forget your alma mater, The University of Central Florida.

It has been said thatthe best is yet to come for our beloved UCF, and whilethat is definitely the case, the best is yet to comefor all of us as well.

Charge on proudly as a UCFKnight now and forever more.


– We are living in extraordinary times, and the class of 2020 finds itself in an unprecedented historical moment.

The fact that we are unableto safely join together in person today as plannedto celebrate your milestone is a reflection of this new reality.

We do hope we will beable to do that soon, but until then, I'd like you to reflect on what I'm beginning to understand as the defining spirit ofthis young institution.

The motto at UCF is “Reach for the Stars.

” People talk about havinga 1-0 approach to tomorrow and when someone says Go Knights, I always hear the reply, “Charge on!” I know these are more than catchy phrases, they sum up a philosophy at UCF.

When you say, “Reach for the Stars, ” it's a call to push oneself to dream big, to refuse to be limited bywhat others say is possible.

When people say “1-0, ” they mean that when you achieve a goal, set a new one, a harder one.

Cherish the victory, but don't rest on it.

Reset, because the next challenge awaits.

And when, like now, there are obstacles, when there are inevitablesetbacks, Charge On.

Some call that perseverance, or grit.

But from what I've seenof this great university, it's just part of whatit means to be a Knight.

UCF is a place where defyingodds is not the exception, it is the expectation.

So take this place with you as you go out to change the world.

You are needed now more than ever.

We will close our ceremonyby singing the alma mater.

Thank you for joining us fortoday's commencement ceremony.

Go Knights! Charge On! ♪ 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 friendships will renew ♪ ♪ We sing to thee our Alma Mater ♪ ♪ Ever true ♪ (upbeat bagpipes music) – Fellow Knights, Nicole Stott here, wishing you happy graduation.

Not the commencementyou planned on, I know, but life is always an adventure.

I hope that you go forthand do great things and always remember thatwe live on a planet, we are all earthlings andthe only border that matters is that thin blue line of atmosphere that blankets and protects us all.

So, live like crew, notpassengers here on spaceship Earth and I wish you all the best.

– Hi, I'm Orange CountyMayor Jerry Demings.

Congratulations on your recent graduation from the University of Central Florida.

We're very proud of you.

We look forward toworking with each of you.

I know that things are different this year but I offer you this bit of advice.

Pray first, aim high and stay focused.

– Hi, I'm Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and I wanna congratulate the UCF class of 2020 on your graduation.

We know that you'll do great things as you embark on yournext step in your life and you'll make your alma mater proud.

I want you to know yourmayor is proud of you and your community is proud of you.

I'm honored to be ableto wish you my sincere congratulations during thisspecial time in your life.

Best wishes Knights, Charge On.

– Ola Knights, Cyndia Morales Muñiz, Director of HSI Cultureand Partnerships at UCF and class of 2013, Doctoratein Educational Leadership.

My advice, continue to seek out opportunities for professional growth.

Learning never stops.


(speaks in foreign language) – What's up guys, it's Tacko Fall.

First, I hope that all of you are healthy, I hope that your families are healthy and doing good as well.

I just wanted to congratulateyou'll on graduation.

That's a huge milestone, that's a huge accomplishment, something that you allshould be really proud of.

Go out there and makethe world a better place and welcome to the UCF alumni club.

– Congratulations to the class of 2020.

You guys have been apart ofmore wins and more Championships than any class in the history of UCF.

– Hey Knight Nation, this iscoach Bear with UCF softball.

– Congratulations to our 2020 graduates.

– You guys have worked hardand it's a huge accomplishment to be earning your degreeand we are so proud of you, that you're representingKnight Nation and going out.

– We are so, so proud of you for everything that you've done.

– And remember, once aKnight, always a Knight.

– Go forth and do as well in life as you did representingthe black and gold.

– Congratulations class of 2020.

– And I wish you the verybest of luck, Go Knights.

– Go Knights.

– Go Knights.

– Go Knights.

– Go Knights.

– And Charge On.

(speaks in foreign language) – Congratulations to the class of 2020.

– And a special congratulations to the College of HealthProfessions and Sciences.

– We wish we could be with you to celebrate this milestoneachievement in your life.

– And no matter whereyou are or where you go, bloom where you are planted, Charge On.

– Congratulations classof 2020, Go Knights.

(upbeat music)(crowd cheering) – Spring 2020 graduates, congratulations.

Despite this being an extraordinary time for our university and our world, you have proven that Knightscan always be counted on to rise to every occasion, no matter the obstacles.

I am sorry that your semester did not end as any of us planned but I hope you know that yourperseverance is inspiring and the grit and can-doattitude you've shown these past few weeksand the past few years will help you succeed inwhatever you have planned next.

Your excellence is defined by your ability to rally around these challenges and to excel in trying times.

Just as we celebrate you today, we also recognize your family and friends and all of your faculty and staff mentors who have helped you along the way.

We are all so proud ofwhat you have accomplished and we look forward tocelebrating this milestone with you in person when the time is right.

Until then, to UCF's newest alumni, Go Knights and Charge On.

(upbeat bagpipes music).

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