LIVE THE UCFCREEDINTEGRITYI will practice and defend academic and personal honesty.SCHOLARSHIPI will cherish and honor learning as a fundamental purposeof my membership in the UCF community.COMMUNITYI will promote an open and supportive campusenvironment by respecting the rights andcontributions of every individual.C R E AT I V I T YI will use my talents to enrich the human experience.EXCELLENCEI will strive toward the highest standards of performancein any endeavor I undertake.

U N I V E R S I T Y O F C E N T R A L F L O R I D A C O M M E N C E M E N T M AY 6 - 8 , 2 0 2 1About the University of Central FloridaThe University of Central Florida is a bold, preeminent research institution that is regularly rankedamong the nation’s top 20 most innovative universities by U.S News & World Report. With morethan 71,500 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the United States and is ranked as oneof the best educational values in the nation by Forbes and Kiplinger. The university benefits from adiverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students togrow, learn, and succeed.A Foundation for SuccessU C F AT A G L A N C EDr. Alexander N.CartwrightUCF PRESIDENT SINCEAPRIL 13, 2020FOUNDED ON JUNE 10, 1963ORLANDO, FL MAIN CAMPUS71,500 FA L L 2 0 2 0 E N R O L L M E N T4 9 % F I R S T-T I M E - I N - C O L L E G ES T U D E N T S G R A D U AT E W I T HN O E D U C AT I O N A L D E B T48% STUDENTS ARE MINORITES4 . 1 8 AV E R A G E FA L L F R E S H M A NH I G H S C H O O L G PA335N AT I O N A L M E R I T S C H O L A R S12,000 FA C U LT Y A N D S TA F FUCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 220 degrees atUCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciencescampus, and through multiple regional locations. The1,415-acre main campus is 13 miles east of downtownOrlando and adjacent to one of the top research parks inthe nation. Other campuses throughout Central Floridainclude a fully accredited College of Medicine at LakeNona and UCF Downtown, which opened in fall 2019 andprovides innovative urban education for high-demandfields such as digital media and health informatics.UCF’s online-only programs include bachelor’s degrees,graduate degrees, and graduate certificates.By the NumbersUCF offers 103 bachelor’s, 91 master’s, 31 researchdoctorates, three professional doctorates, and threespecialist degree programs. In conferring more than17,000 degrees a year, UCF leads all public universitiesin Florida in the awarding of degrees and is among thenational leaders. In fall 2020, the freshman class had anaverage SAT two-score of 1320, The Burnett HonorsCollege enrolled 2,200 students, and the school-recordnumber of incoming National Merit Scholars ranked UCFamong the top 10 public universities nationally and amongthe top 25 colleges and universities overall.Top-ranked College EducationUCF is an academic, partnership, and research leader invarious fields, such as optics and lasers, modeling andsimulation, engineering and computer science, planetaryscience, business administration, education, hospitalitymanagement, health care, and video game design. In fact,UCF’s Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy is rankedas the world’s No. 1 game design graduate school by ThePrinceton Review and PC Gamer magazine.Knight LifeHome to the Bounce House stadium and the AdditionFinancial Arena, UCF hosts various concerts and shows,plus cultural events and NCAA sports. Student oncampus events and activities are abundant. UCF offers anarray of student services, hundreds of student clubs andorganizations, and dedicated academic resources to helpstudents succeed in school and as alumni.i

U N I V E R S I T Y O F C E N T R A L F L O R I D A C O M M E N C E M E N T M AY 6 - 8 , 2 0 2 1Office of the PresidentP.O. Box 160002Orlando, FL 32816-0002Graduates and Families:On behalf of the University of Central Florida, I am very excited to extend mycongratulations and best wishes to the Class of 2021. You are graduating at anunprecedented historic moment, where you have proven that Knights canalways be counted on to rise to every occasion.When someone says, “Go Knights,” I always hear the reply, “Charge On!”It is such a fitting philosophy for this university, because that’s what Knights do.And I know you will continue to Charge On and make a profound mark on thisworld — tackling grand challenges through your unwavering service to othersand to society.I would also like to give a special thanks to the loved ones of our graduates fortheir support. Whether they are a parent, spouse, child, friend or other familymember, their guidance, patience and sacrifice contributed more to thismilestone than you know.Graduates, you have been exceptional ambassadors of this university, and Ihave no doubt you will accomplish much more than you now imagine foryourselves, and that in everything you do, you will make UCF, your family andyour community proud.Congratulations again on this tremendous achievement.Alexander N. Cartwright, Ph.D.PresidentAn Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Institutioniiii

U N I V E R S I T Y O F C E N T R A L F L O R I D A C O M M E N C E M E N T M AY 6 - 8 , 2 0 2 1Table of ContentsAbout the University of Central Florida.iPresident’s Personal Note. iiUniversity of Central Florida Administration. ivCommencement Program. vCommencement Speaker and Platform Party. viMay 6, 2021 — 9:00 a.m. Ceremony. viMay 6, 2021 — 1:00 p.m. Ceremony. viiMay 7, 2021 — 9:00 a.m. Ceremony.viiiMay 7, 2021 — 1:00 p.m. Ceremony. ixMay 8, 2021 — 9:00 a.m. Ceremony. xMay 8, 2021 — 1:00 p.m. Ceremony. xiMay 8, 2021 — 5:00 p.m. Doctoral Candidate Ceremony. xiiCandidates for Graduate Degrees. 1Doctoral Candidates. 1Education Specialist Candidates.8Master of Fine Arts Candidates.9Candidates for Master’s Degrees. 10College of Arts and Humanities. 10College of Business Administration.11College of Community Innovation and Education.13College of Engineering and Computer Science.17College of Graduate Studies. 19College of Health Professions and Sciences. 20College of Medicine.21College of Nursing.22College of Optics and Photonics. 23College of Sciences. 24Rosen College of Hospitality Management. 25Order of Pegasus. 26Baccalaureate Degree Honors and Recognition. 26Top Honor Graduates. 26University Honors.27Honors in the Major. 29Honors in Research.31LEAD Scholars. 32President’s Leadership Council. 33Air Force ROTC Commission. 33Army ROTC Commission. 33Candidates for Baccalaureate Degrees. 35College of Arts and Humanities. 35College of Business Administration.40College of Community Innovation and Education. 46College of Engineering and Computer Science.52College of Health Professions and Sciences. 59College of Medicine. 65College of Nursing. 68College of Optics and Photonics.71College of Sciences.72College of Undergraduate Studies. 85Rosen College of Hospitality Management. 88Inclusive Education Services. 91The Commencement Ceremony and Academic Regalia. 92The University Mace. 94The Presidential Medallion. 94Honorary Degrees Awarded. 95Degrees Conferred. 96Diploma Distribution Information. 96UCF Alma Mater.97This program contains the most accurate graduation information available at press time.The appearance of a name here is presumptive of graduation but not conclusive.iii

U N I V E R S I T Y O F C E N T R A L F L O R I D A C O M M E N C E M E N T M AY 6 - 8 , 2 0 2 1University of Central Florida AdministrationDr. Alexander N. Cartwright. PresidentDr. Michael D. Johnson . Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsDr. S. Kent Butler . Interim Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity OfficerMs. Youndy Cook . Interim Vice President and General CounselDr. Adrienne Otto Frame . Interim Vice President for Student Development and Enrollment ServicesDeborah C. German, M.D. . Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, College of MedicineMr. Mike Kilbride . Chief of StaffDr. Elizabeth Klonoff . Vice President for Research and Dean, College of Graduate StudiesMr. Michael J. Morsberger . Vice President for Advancement and CEO, UCF FoundationMs. Janet D. Owen . Vice President for Government and Community RelationsMr. Gerald Hector .Senior Vice President for Administration and FinanceMr. Matthew Hall . Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information OfficerMs. Misty Shepherd . Interim Vice President and Chief Operating OfficerMr. Terry Mohajir . Vice President and Director of AthleticsDr. Sheila Amin Gutiérrez de Piñeres . Dean, The Burnett Honors CollegeMr. Jeffrey Moore . Dean, College of Arts and HumanitiesDr. Paul Jarley. Dean, College of Business AdministrationDr. Pamela S. Carroll . Dean, College of Community Innovation and EducationDr. Michael Georgiopoulos . Dean, College of Engineering and Computer ScienceDr. Christopher Ingersoll . Dean, College of Health Professions and SciencesDr. Mary Lou Sole . Dean, College of NursingDr. David Hagan . Interim Dean and Director, College of Optics and PhotonicsDr. Tosha Dupras . Interim Dean, College of SciencesDr. Theodorea Regina Berry . Vice Provost, Student Learning and Academic Successand Dean, College of Undergraduate StudiesDr. Youcheng Wang . Dean, Rosen College of Hospitality ManagementState of FloridaRon DeSantis, GovernorJeanette Nuñez, Lieutenant GovernorJimmy PatronisChief Financial OfficerAshley MoodyAttorney GeneralNed C. LautenbachChair, SUS Board ofGovernorsNicole (Nikki) FriedCommissioner of AgricultureRichard CorcoranCommissioner of EducationBoard of TrusteesTiffany AltizerOrlandoBill ChristyDaytona BeachJeff CondelloWindermereJoseph ConteWinter ParkDanny GaekwadOcalaDr. Joseph HarringtonChair, Faculty SenateOrlandoHarold MillsVice ChairOrlandoSabrina La RosaPresident, StudentGovernmentMichael A. OkatyOrlandoAlex MartinsOrlan

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMENCEMENT MAY 6-8, 2021 Commencement Speaker Abraham Pizam is the founding dean of Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida and served in that role from 2000-2018. Currently he serves as Professor and Linda Chapin Eminent Schola