It was all pomp and circumstance at the Ocean Center on May 13 during two commencement
ceremonies celebrating more than 3,100 Daytona State College graduates.
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The two-part event kicked off at 2 p.m., recognizing associate of arts (AA) and baccalaureate degree graduates, followed at 6 p.m. by a ceremony for associate of science (AS), associate of applied science (AAS), certificate and adult education students.
President Carol W. Eaton opened the exercises and addressed the candidates, noting that the spoils of their academic achievements and training also include areas of personal growth that will benefit them throughout their lives. She added she hopes the graduates come away from their college experience with a greater appreciation for how lifelong learning can help one successfully adapt in an ever-changing world.
The 2014 commencement honored 336 graduates who earned their bachelor’s degree, with another 49 expected to graduate this summer. Many are working parents or have responsibilities that prohibit them from commuting long distances to go to class. Nearly 2,000 have earned their bachelor’s degree at Daytona State since it transitioned from a community college to a four-year-degree-granting state college in 2006.
The Class of 2014 also features over 1,000 associate of arts graduates. More than 1,700 students, including candidates for summer 2014 graduation, have earned their associate of science, associate of applied science or certificate credentials. Among this year’s associate degree and certificate recipients were 231 dual enrolled students who received their Daytona State credential, some weeks before receiving their high school diplomas.
Among the graduating class were over 1,400 honors and nearly 300 high honors graduates.
Kudos also included 79 new inductees into the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, 40 named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and 13 inducted into the Daytona State College Hall of Fame, the highest honor that faculty can bestow upon a student.
Among the graduates were 205 military veterans who, along with their fellow 2014 alumni, now join the cumulative ranks of more than 89,000 who have earned their degrees and certificates at Daytona State since its founding in 1957.
(May 13, 2014)