MELBOURNE, Florida— College students from 42 states and 55 countries will receive their diplomas on Saturday, May 3, 2014, as Florida Institute of Technology convenes its 2014 Spring Commencement ceremonies at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center in Melbourne, Florida.
The undergraduate ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. with 488 students. The graduate ceremony for the 596 students earning master’s and doctoral degrees begins at 2 p.m.
Among the graduates are 154 students from Florida Tech’s 10 extended studies sites and 144 who have earned their degrees through the university’s online programs.
There are international graduates from countries with names that range from A to Z (Afghanistan, Argentina and Australia to Zimbabwe). Other countries represented include Botswana, Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Nepal, Romania, Suriname and Venezuela. Some parents and friends are traveling 8,000 or even 9,000 miles or more to attend the ceremonies.
There are also students from 42 states in the U.S. from Alaska to West Virginia. Although more than half hail from the Sunshine State, there are lone students from Hawaii, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Kentucky, among others.
Five graduates earned Faculty Honors for their perfect 4.0 grade point averages: Forest Elliott, psychology major; Bruno Poggi Cevallos, with dual majors in aerospace engineering and mathematical sciences; Simon Titulaer, aerospace engineering; Shalaka Wijeyaratne, aeronautical science; and Corey Young, aerospace engineering.
After graduation, some students will head off to work at companies you may have heard of, including Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Others will seek additional degrees here in Florida, at other U.S. schools, or abroad.