Two summer commencement graduations and two white coat ceremonies will take place at UCF this week.

On Monday, the 120 students who make up UCF's College of Medicine class of 2019 will take part in the White Coat Ceremony from 10 a.m. to noon. The ceremony is held for first-year M.D. students and welcomes them as colleagues into the world of health care, according to the UCF College of Medicine website.

The White Coat Ceremony also marks the first day of classes for the students. The class of 2019 will be the college's third at full enrollment.

The ceremony will take place in the UCF Student Union Pegasus Ballroom and seating is first-come, first-served.

The UCF Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will also have its White Coat Ceremony for 32 students on Aug. 8. in the Student Union's Pegasus Ballroom at 3 p.m. The ceremony marks the move from the academic portion of their curriculum to the clinical, said Bianca Buscemi, an academic adviser for the program.

There will also be two summer graduation ceremonies on Aug. 8 at the CFE Arena, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The earlier ceremony is for students graduating from the colleges of Arts & Humanities, Business Administration, Education and Human Performance, Graduate Studies, Nursing, Undergraduate Studies and Hospitality Management. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. and end about 11 a.m.

The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. and end about 4:30 p.m. Graduates will come from the colleges of Engineering & Computer Science, Health & Public Affairs, Medicine, Optics & Photonics and Sciences.

More than 3,600 students are expected to graduate during these two ceremonies, according to a UCF press release.


Noelle Campbell is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @noellecampz or email her at

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