Florida Tech held its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday.
More than 540 undergraduates and their families packed the Clemente Center for the morning ceremony, where Acting President Marco Carvalho presided and Fin Bonset, ’96, ’99 MSA, president of the Florida Tech Alumni Association, offered the alumni address. The graduate ceremony at 2 p.m. featured nearly 400 graduates.
The university bestowed a total of 1,253 degrees.
Carvalho started with a moment of silence for student Yousuf Al Farsi, a junior finance major who was killed in a traffic accident on May 2.
He later spoke to the graduates about the challenges they have overcome.
“Reflecting on the last few years of COVID, we recall a range of emotions. We all have lived through disruptions large and small, victories and defeats. However, we have persevered as people,” he said. “These graduates today stand as a testimony to the fact that hard work, determination and effort bring rewards.
“The truth is, difficulties make us strong,” Carvalho added. “The ability to adjust and adapt will serve you well for the rest of your life.”
Graduates at Saturday’s ceremonies were from 54 countries and 42 states.
A recording of the live stream of the ceremonies is available.