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UCF Graduation Goes Virtual Due To COVID-19 Crowd Restrictions


Graduation is a milestone in a student’s life. It’s a time for graduates to reflect on their hard work and be recognized for their achievements. But this semester’s graduation ceremony isn’t going to look the same, due to COVID-19. In compliance with the State University System of Florida’s directions, the University of Central Florida is rescheduling all spring 2020 graduation ceremonies. UCF said on its website that it will host a virtual commencement. This means students will have to reevaluate their plans for celebrating graduation. Many students have taken to social media to express their disappointment. UCF senior and mathematics major Jay Nulph said an online ceremony would feel cheap. “I’m quite upset,” he said. “I was actually really …
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Bethune Cookman University photo by: Talia Blake/WMFE
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A Look Back At Mary McLeod Bethune’s Life As Bethune Cookman University Looks To The Future


Mary McLeod Bethune is the first African-American to have a state-commissioned statue at the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. She will replace Edmund Kirby Smith to represent Florida. But, as Florida prepares to honor Bethune with a statue, the college that bears her name is still facing financial turmoil.  90.7’s Talia Blake visited the school for a look back  at Bethune’s life and legacy as the university tries to clean up its act.
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African American students face more alienation, racial discrimination, and violence than their peers. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons
Education

University of Central Florida Study Identifies Risk Factors African American Students Face from Institutional Racism


A study co-authored by a University of Central Florida professor has laid out a framework for teachers and administrators to improve the health and academic outcomes of black youth. The study found that the alienation, racial discrimination, and violence black youth face at school can have adverse effects on their well being. 
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