It was a good measure of splendid celebration and ceremony mixed in with plenty of pride, joy and well wishes for nearly 3,500 Daytona State College graduates who filled the Ocean Center on Monday, May 16, during the college’s annual commencement exercises.
The two-part event kicked off at 2 p.m., recognizing associate of science (AS), associate of applied science (AAS), certificate and adult education students. Exercises for associate of arts (AA) and baccalaureate degree graduates followed at 6:30.
President Tom LoBasso opened the exercises, sharing with the candidates his personal story of how he achieved success in college and beyond by working hard, staying focused on his goals and being persistent. He added that he hopes the graduates come away from their college experience with an appreciation for how important it is to commit to a life of continuous learning in order to successfully adapt in an ever-changing world.
DSC’s 56th commencement honored 454 graduates who earned their bachelor’s degree. The Class of 2016 also features over 1,500 associate of arts graduates. Nearly 1,900 students, including candidates for summer 2016 graduation, have earned their associate of science, associate of applied science or certificate credentials. Among this year’s associate degree and certificate recipients were 326 dual enrolled students who received their Daytona State credential, some weeks before receiving their high school diplomas.
Among the graduating class were 720 honors and nearly 162 high honors graduates.
Kudos also included 117 new inductees into the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa, 45 named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges and 12 inducted into the Daytona State College Hall of Fame, the highest honor that faculty can bestow upon a student.
Among the graduates were 196 military veterans who, along with their fellow 2016 alumni, now join the cumulative ranks of nearly 100,000 who have earned their degrees and certificates at Daytona State since its founding in 1957.