More Than 900 Receive Degrees in Virtual Fall Commencement

Pandemic Precautions Necessitate Event Be Shifted to Online Broadcast

MELBOURNE, FLA. — More than 900 students, from doctoral candidates to those earning associate degrees, graduated Friday during Florida Tech’s virtual Fall commencement.

The full ceremony is available here.

With the uncertainty of the pandemic ongoing and the health and safety of Florida Tech students and their families paramount, the university opted to hold its ceremony virtually. The names of 905 students were read during the two-hour ceremony, which featured remarks from Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay and Bino Campanini, Florida Tech’s senior vice president of student and alumni affairs.

McCay said the last year was the most challenging in the school’s history.

“We’ve never had such a difficult year and guess what, you weathered it,” he said. “You were able to do all the things that all the other students have done over the years and you did it in an environment that included face masks, included social distancing, people spraying disinfectant on your hands everywhere you went – and you still had to study, still had to the work. Nobody had any slack cut from them because of this virus.”

The live-streamed event follows successful spring and summer virtual commencement programs that have drawn more than 12,000 combined views.

The ceremony featured any honors and accolades graduates earned and their photos, if they were provided. The event closed with the singing of Florida Tech’s alma mater.

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