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On-demand graduation ceremony takes pomp and circumstance online May 8

MELBOURNE — Coronavirus concerns may have canceled Florida Tech’s traditional Spring 2020 commencement, but social distancing won’t stop the university from honoring the hard work and accomplishments of its graduates. Virtual commencement exercises are planned in the form of an online, on-demand graduation ceremony.

“Commencement is always the highlight of the year and the most important event we hold,” said Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech president. “Having to cancel the in-person ceremonies was extremely disappointing for all of us at the university, and heartbreaking for so many graduates and their families. We hope this virtual commencement will allow them a different way to celebrate this incredibly important moment in their lives.”

Graduates and their loved ones can expect a dose of digital pomp and circumstance, special speeches, and a reading of each graduate’s name, accompanied by a photo, where possible. Florida Tech’s virtual commencement will premier in a streaming format on Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m. It will then be made available as an on-demand and downloadable video.

Graduating students who wish to see their photos during Florida Tech’s virtual commencement may submit them using the form at www.floridatech.edu/virtual-commencement. More details about the virtual ceremony will be released to students and their families in coming weeks.

Spring graduating students who wish to participate in an in-person ceremony still have that option at the Dec. 12 commencement exercises.

Florida Tech was founded in 1958 at the dawn of the Space Race that would soon define the Atlantic coast of Florida and captivate the nation. Now the premier private technological university in the Southeast, Florida Tech is a Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report and one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Florida Tech is ranked among the top 5 percent of 18,000 degree-granting institutions worldwide in the 2018-19 World University Rankings and has been named a Top College and Best Value University for 2019 by Forbes. Florida Tech offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in aeronautics and aviation, engineering, computing and cybersecurity, business, science and mathematics, psychology, education and communication.

For more information, visit www.fit.edu.

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