Join Valencia in Honoring Pulse Victims

Monday, June 12, 2017, marks one year since the Pulse nightclub shooting so tragically claimed 49 lives, including seven Valencia students. In remembrance of those we lost and those who survived, Valencia will host various remembrance ceremonies to remind us and the world that while our hearts may be broken, our pulse remains strong.

District Office

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: District Office, Lobby

In remembrance of those we lost, the District Office will host a reflection that will feature a candle and tree planting ceremony — symbolizing our community’s strength and growth in the face of adversity. Throughout the month of June, the District Office will also collect non-perishable food items to benefit campus food pantries in an effort to give back to our community during this time of reflection. At this time of year when schools are closed for the summer, there is often a greater need for nutritious meals to be served at home.

School of Public Safety

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: School of Public Safety, In Front of the Auditorium

To honor the Valencia students who lost their lives at the Pulse nightclub and the first responders who responded to the incident and assisted during the lengthy investigation, the School of Public Safety (SPS) will plant a tree at the SPS building. All SPS staff and students are invited to attend. If possible, instructors are asked to release students/recruits from class for this short ceremony.

West Campus

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Times and Locations:

  • 10 – 4:30 p.m. – Commemorative Display on the Student Services Building Patio
  • 10 – 10:45 a.m. – Pulse Commemorative Ceremony in the Health Sciences Building (HSB), Room 105
  • 11 – 11:45 a.m. and 1 – 1:45 p.m. – Healing Circles in Building 1, Room 147 and 148
  • 12 – 12:45 p.m. – Film and Panel Discussion, Located in the HSB, Room 105

West Campus will host a variety of events, including a commemorative ceremony that will feature guest speakers like College President Sandy Shugart, healing circles and a film and panel discussion.

Winter Park Campus

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Winter Park Campus, Entry Way

Join Winter Park Campus faculty, staff and students as they gather in solidarity for a tabling event to remember the victims of the Pulse shooting. Pulse buttons and information regarding available support services will be provided.

East Campus

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 3 Atrium

Please join East Campus during a special remembrance and dedication to the lives lost at the Pulse nightclub. Valencia President Sandy Shugart will join the program. Sign language interpretation will be provided. For an event flyer, click here

Osceola Campus

Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Building 1, Exhibition Hall

Osceola Campus will hold a memorial ceremony to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy, including seven of Valencia’s students. The ceremony will be followed by a time of reflection.

Lake Nona Campus

Inspired by a Japanese proverb that regards birds as the mediators between heaven and Earth, the embodiment of the spirit and the manifestation of freedom, the Lake Nona Campus will display 1,000 cranes throughout the month of June in remembrance of the Pulse tragedy and with the hopes of fostering compassion for all, regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation or any disabilities.

Of the 1,000 paper cranes that will symbolically take flight above the balcony, 102 will feature bright colors, representing the victims of the tragedy.

Valencia United LGBT+ Scholarship

If you are looking for other ways to honor Pulse victims and support our community, consider donating to the Valencia United LGBT+ Scholarship. Click here for more information.

Employee Assistance Program

Remember, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available to employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Employees can access EAP for counseling by visiting or calling 866-248-4094. Although it is generally a benefit for full-time employees, Valencia has extended the Optum Employee Assistance Program to all of our part-time colleagues through Friday, June 30, 2017, for support during the anniversary of the Pulse tragedy.

EAP counselors will also be available at the West, Osceola and Lake Nona campuses at the following times and locations for one-on-one sessions as needed:

West Campus
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Times and locations: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Building 1, Room 150, and during the Pulse Commemorative Ceremony and Healing Circle events (event times and locations listed above)

Osceola Campus
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Locations: Building 1, Room 217

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Locations: Building 2, Room 239

Lake Nona Campus
Date: Monday, June 12, 2017

Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Room 306

Community Participation

To join the broader community in honoring those we lost, we encourage you to follow the #ActLoveGive campaign for ideas on how you can get involved, showcase your support and give back to the community.


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