Today’s Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony honoring the graduates of the University of Central Florida’s College of Engineering and Computer Science will be live-streamed at 4:30 p.m., as part of UCF’s unprecedented virtual commencement ceremonies.
The Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies mark the 50th anniversary of the first commencement held at UCF, when NASA astronaut John Young addressed the Class of 1970. This year’s commencement speakers are former UCF football stars and current Seattle Seahawks players Shaquill ’16 and Shaquem Griffin ’16. Each of the university’s 13 colleges will recognize graduates by hosting individual ceremonies on the university’s main Facebook and YouTube pages, where the names of every graduate from each college will be read aloud. All of the sessions will be archived on YouTube afterward.
With more than 1,350 candidates of baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees, Spring 2020 represents the largest graduating class of engineering and computer science graduates, and marks an extraordinary semester that finished in a virtual education paradigm.
The college will confer 136 doctoral degrees, 423 master’s degrees and approximately 800 bachelor’s degrees in its Spring 2020 graduating class.
See the UCF Spring 2020 Commencement Program here. CECS’s doctoral candidates appear on page 2; master’s candidates on pages 16-17; and baccalaureate candidates on 52-57.
Wishes of congratulations have been recorded by the college’s deans and department chairs. See below to view their videos. See a recorded message from Dean Michael Georgiopoulos, Ph.D.
This graduating class expands the number of UCF engineering and computer science alumni to approximately 40,000, according to Olivia Eriksen, associate director of alumni engagement in the UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science. See Eriksen’s recorded message to the Spring Class of 2020 graduates.
Ways to Celebrate the Spring 2020 Graduates of the College of Engineering and Computer Science
View UCF’s Video “To the UCF Class of 2020”
For graduates and families: See the UCF Today Spring 2020 Commencement story to find a variety of downloadable UCF resources, including social media filters, frames and wallpapers, and a video upload link.
Watch recorded messages of congratulations from CECS deans, department chairs:
Manoj Chopra, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Excerpt: “Respect yourself and respect others. Have a cause greater than yourself. Go out there and do great things!”
Ali Gordon, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs Excerpt: “I’m proud that you were able to dedicate your skill set and work ethic to accomplish this goal.”
Gary Leavens, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Computer Science Excerpt: “We’re very proud of your achievement and accomplishments. Keep striving for excellence.”
Zhihua Qu, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Excerpt: “Your accomplishments today have built a solid foundation for the real life ahead…We’re confident of your skills and grit, and we’re here to support.”
Waldemar Karwowski, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Excerpt (referring to successful IEMS alumni): “I have no doubt that each of you can achieve the same level of success or you can go higher.”
Sudipta Seal, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Excerpt: “This is a significant accomplishment in your career. I wish you all the best…”