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2018 Florida Poly look back

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From opening a new Student Development Center to graduating the largest class in Florida Poly’s history this is a collection of events that took place at Florida Polytechnic University in 2018.

From dream to reality: Florida Poly awards degrees to 220 future STEM industry leaders

2018 Florida Poly Commencement

Full of excitement and pride, 220 Florida Polytechnic University students graduated today, May 4, most of whom were a part of university’s inaugural class. The spring 2018 commencement ceremony was held at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.

“Graduates, you are so special – not just because of your vision and pioneering spirit, but also because of the unique opportunities you’ve had as members of Florida Poly’s first group of students,” said university President, Dr. Randy K. Avent.

Peter Moran: A dream realized

Peter Moran

Take Your Child to Work Day can be an exciting and eye-opening experience for any kid. For Florida Polytechnic University senior Peter Moran, it was also the day he discovered what he wanted to be when he grew up. After spending a day with his father learning about container shipping for the marine industry, Moran […]

Lindsey Schwemmin: Chasing unexpected dreams

Lindsey Schwemmin

Lindsey Schwemmin never planned to bring 200 of her Florida Polytechnic University classmates together in a weeklong tag battle between the living and the dead, but as a member of the inaugural graduating class at Florida Poly, she learned that sometimes the best moments are unexpected. It was the game of Humans vs. Zombies, a […]

Florida Polytechnic University to graduate its 1st four-year class

Florida Poly Graduation

LAKELAND, Fla. – More than 200 Florida Polytechnic University undergraduate and graduate students will be receiving degrees, as Florida’s newest public university graduates its inaugural class. Florida Poly’s Spring 2018 Commencement will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at the RP Funding Center (Youkey Theater), located at 701 W Lime St., Lakeland. […]

Laura Wemple: Going back to get ahead

Laura Wemple

Laura Wemple came to Florida Polytechnic University as a non-traditional student. She already had two associate degrees – one in business and the other in chemical engineering and biology. After working for a few years, Wemple, 35, says she realized that a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree would go a long way. Once […]

Andre Goode: The ‘magic’ of a STEM education

Andre Goode Senior Graduate

Andre Goode served as the student speaker at Florida Poly’s EXCELerate event on April 20, 2018. Following graduation, he will begin his professional career at Walt Disney Attractions Technology as an information engineer.

Michelle Holzemer: Engineering an excellent educational experience

Senior Michelle Holzemer will begin her new position at a job with Northrup Grumman in the systems engineering field.

Senior Michelle Holzemer knew she was taking a risk when she joined the inaugural class at Florida Poly and committed to attend a university that hadn’t yet finished construction on its signature academic building and wasn’t yet accredited. In the four years since then, Holzemer has come a long way – and says the risk […]

Marshall Bassford: A twist of fate

Marshall Bassford, an electrical engineering major, is preparing to graduate as part of Florida Poly’s inaugural class and reflects back on an academic career he has certainly made the most of both on and off campus.

The day a Florida Polytechnic University admissions counselor visited Marshall Bassford’s high school changed the course of his entire future. A brilliant student, Bassford completed an associate’s degree in creative writing while still in high school and planned to continue as a writer once in college.

Danya Rubio: Local student has a big career ahead of her working with little things

Danya Rubio will begin her career as an engineer with Sofidel, the nation’s second largest tissue paper distributor located in nearby Haines City.

Florida Polytechnic University senior Danya Rubio has certainly made the most of the past four years. After she graduates on May 4, the Auburndale, Florida, native won’t have far to go to start her life as a professional working in the high-tech world. Rubio will begin her career as an engineer with Sofidel, the nation’s second largest tissue paper distributor located in nearby Haines City, Florida.

Calvin Ingram: Unafraid of the unknown

For Calvin Ingram, a mechanical engineering senior at Florida Polytechnic University, the idea of beginning his college experience as part of the university’s inaugural graduating class was one emotion only: excitement.

A new beginning can bring about a range of emotions-happiness, anticipation, confidence, optimism, curiosity. For Calvin Ingram, a mechanical engineering senior at Florida Polytechnic University, the idea of beginning his college experience as part of the university’s inaugural graduating class was one emotion only: excitement.

Alex Kiss: Building a career on computer passion

After graduation, Alex Kiss will be joining the global manufacturing services company Jabil in St. Petersburg, Florida, with a full-time job as a cyber-security analyst.

Growing up, Alex Kiss watched his uncle build computers for neighbors and friends. “I thought it was the coolest thing in the world,” said Kiss. “I couldn’t believe you could go from almost nothing, put a few pieces together, and then be able to do all these amazing things.” His fascination with computers grew stronger […]