Congratulations to Valencia’s Class of 2015

commencement-may15-collage-groveA record number of 1,445 graduates celebrated with thousands of family members and friends at Valencia’s 46th Annual Commencement Ceremony, held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at University of Central Florida’s CFE Arena. After an uplifting performance by the Valencia Brass Ensemble, this remarkable event kicked off with a Pomp and Circumstance processional of students who proudly donned their caps and gowns.

After a brief welcome from Valencia President Sandy Shugart, and a standing ovation by the students for their family and friends, Chair of the Valencia College Board of Trustees Maria Grulich took the stage. “Knowing that you have achieved what you set out to do … that you have accomplished your goal … a Valencia degree; that is indeed something to celebrate, and we are certainly proud of you,” she stated to the crowd.

Following, Kathleen Plinske, president, Osceola and Lake Nona Campuses, recognized you, our faculty and staff for your many efforts.

commencement-may15-quote-kp-groveFalecia Williams, president, West Campus, commended the graduates from Valencia’s baccalaureate programs and Cheryl Robinson, director, honors program, then congratulated the 86 Valencia students who were graduating from the Seneff Honors College.

Susan Ledlow, vice president, academic affairs and planning, announced the talented students receiving scholarships this year: Samanta Estabrooks, who received a Florida Institute of Technology scholarship, and Bobi Stephenson and Faith Culhane, who received Jack Kent Cook Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships.

In addition, President of the Valencia Alumni Association Zia-ur-Rehman Ansari, introduced the Mary Smedley Collier Distinguished Graduate, Rebecca Nash, who gave an inspiring commencement address.

commencement-may15-quote-rn-groveFollowing the address was the part of the program graduates were anxiously awaiting, the conferring of degrees. “You may now move your tassels from right to left,” said President Shugart. “Congratulations!”

Each student joined President Shugart and Professor of Speech and new President of the Collegewide Faculty Association Suzette Dohany on stage to be individually recognized for their accomplishments. After the ceremony, graduates received a poster that bears the name of all 2014-2015 graduates.

Check out an electronic bulletin board of social media from the event including tweets from many of our grads.

To view the commencement program, click here. To view a recording of the ceremony, which will be available, Monday, May 18, 2015, click here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Posts

    Grad Finale Events Bring Joy to Graduates

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Valencia College students celebrated their academic success with a carload of friends and family during last week’s Grad Finale events. Three drive-through locations were made available to the Classes of 2021 and 2020 on the East, Osceola and West Campuses over the course of three days as part of our commencement celebration. The College […]

    Grad Finale to Feature Two Campus Photo Opportunities

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021 As a part of our commencement celebration, Valencia College will host Grad Finale, a three-day, drive-through photo experience. Graduates may select a time from Thursday, April 15 through Saturday, April 17, 2021, between 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to visit either the East, Osceola or West Campuses. The experience, which will be led by […]