Excitement and Emotion as Florida Tech Holds Summer Commencement

University Bestows 625 Degrees

MELBOURNE, FLA. — It was a short walk across the Clemente Center stage on Saturday for hundreds of Florida Tech students, a stroll that concluded with them clutching their diplomas and looking ahead to the next stage of their lives.

More than 300 graduate and undergraduate students from across the country and around the world participated in the university’s summer commencement Saturday, cheered with each step by a packed house of family and friends.

Overall, the university bestowed 625 degrees, including 252 degrees earned online and 92 from Florida Tech’s off-site locations. The students represented 35 U.S. states and 42 countries.

Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay offered remarks at the ceremony. He also presented a posthumous honorary degree to Sir Robert Marx, the renowned underwater explorer and researcher, who passed away July 4. Marx’s wife, Jennifer, accepted.

Marx had been a guest lecturer at Florida Tech for 50 years, and some of his artifacts are on display at the university’s Link Building.


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