Thousands set to graduate from UF, Santa Fe


Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 7:45 p.m.

As Kristin Schumacher walks across the stage at graduation Saturday, she'll leave behind a legacy of helping local middle schoolers connect with the world.

Facts

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

SANTA FE COLLEGE
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Northwest Campus gym

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Friday
All doctoral degrees
Processional begins at 3:30 p.m. at O'Connell Center
Saturday
Master, specialist and bachelor degrees
Morning ceremony begins at 10 a.m.
Processional begins at 9:30 a.m.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College of Engineering
College of Health and Human Performance
College of Public Health and Health Professions

Afternoon ceremony begins at 2 p.m.
Processional begins at 1:30 p.m.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
School of Natural Resources and Environment
Warrington College of Business Administration
Fisher School of Accounting
Heavener School of Business
Hough Graduate School of Business
College of Dentistry
College of Design, Construction and Planning
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
College of Education
College of Fine Arts
College of Journalism and Communications
College of Medicine
College of Nursing
College of Veterinary Medicine

College of Pharmacy Ceremony
Doctor of Pharmacy and Masters Degree candidates only
Saturday, 10 a.m.
HPNP Auditorium

As an undergraduate at the University of Florida, she started Gator Global Educators, which brings international students from UF into local middle school classrooms to talk and share their stories.

"It serves as a cultural experience for international students and middle school students," Schumacher said.

She said she was inspired by her personal relationships with international students, particularly after meeting a student from Colombia as a freshman. She interned at UF's International Center and was a peer mentor in the Yulee Global Living and Learning Community.

As she plans to travel for a few months before starting a two-year commitment as a teacher in San Antonio, Texas, for Teach for America, Schumacher looks back on her college career fondly.

"I love the University of Florida," she said. "I had such an amazing experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything else."

Schumacher will join 3,264 other UF students scheduled to graduate this weekend.

According to a UF news release, 1,891 students applied for undergraduate degrees this fall, and 1,047 applied for master's and specialist degrees. There are 327 doctoral degree applicants.

Ceremonies are scheduled for today and tomorrow.

Santa Fe College will also hold its commencement ceremony today at 7 p.m. in gym of the northwest campus.

According to SF College, approximately 827 students have applied to graduate, including 40 bachelor of applied science students. Of those students, 313 will walk in the ceremony and 116 will graduate with honors. The class has 18 international students.

Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Naima Brown said in a statement that the international students reflect a diverse community at SF College.

"This is a marvelous indicator of the global diversity of our student body and reflects the potential that we have to reach even more students," she said.

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