more than 2,000 students graduated through 2 ceremonies
BREVARD COUNTY â¢ MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Students at Eastern Florida State College on Thursday celebrated the start of fall with cheers and broad smiles last week after graduating despite the difficult challenges posed by the pandemic of COVID-19.
EFSC graduates in green and blue gowns, over 1,800 students were eligible to graduate and over 225 attended the early noon, the first of two scheduled ceremonies at the King Center for the Performing Arts on campus from Melbourne.
Among the graduates was Katelyn Vollmer, who earned her associate’s degree in social and human services science with a focus on domestic violence.
âWe’ve all been through the pandemic, I had problems on the road, but I got there. I didn’t lose my focus and the more obstacles there were the more I wanted to prove that I could do it, âsaid Vollmer.
âI am the first of my parents’ children to graduate. I worked so hard to get here, finally I see all this hard work paying off.
Graduation cap with mother of 3 with graduation message EFSC President Dr Jim Richey congratulated the graduates, saying they had faced a gauntlet of challenges caused by the unprecedented pandemic in college history.
Eastern Florida State College President Dr Jim Richey spoke at Thursday’s opening ceremony:
âYou have been through enormous disruption, change and uncertainty caused by the pandemic. Some of you may have lost your jobs, experienced financial problems, and even faced illness for yourself as well as your family and friends.
âBut through it all, you’ve never wavered, never lost sight of your goals, never gave up on your dream of a bright future filled with promise and opportunity. Take a moment and let it sink in. You haven’t. not given up You never gave up.
âI can’t begin to say how proud I am of you and how inspired, truly inspired, by your strength of character and strong self-confidence. In you I see resilience, courage and courage in a grand way. “
Tampa friends Kashana Kollie and Patrice Floyd also graduated today.
âKing Center Beginning Wide Planâ I couldn’t walk on my graduation from high school, so that meant everything to me. I am the oldest of eight children and it is just amazing that my parents can see me graduate today, my children are watching me too. I am delighted, âsaid Kollie, who graduated from an Associate’s Degree and is heading into the Bachelor of Applied Science in Organizational Management program at the EFSC.
âIt’s been tough, but I’m so excited to be here today and now I’ve achieved that goal,â said Floyd, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management with the intention of becoming a real estate agent.
“My mom passed away and it’s something she always wanted for me and honestly something I wanted for myself for a very long time.”
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Graduates, family and friends are encouraged to post their photos and videos of the day on social media using the hashtag #EFSCgrad so that they can be part of the virtual social wall.
Graduates have joined over 125,000 others who have graduated since the college opened in 1960.
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