The Monday after a relaxing Spring Break 2020, University of Florida (UF) seniors arrived back to campus in Gainesville, FL expecting to attend classes and finish the final semester. However, the widespread COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changed students’ plans. On March 9, 2020, university leaders made the decision to transition all course work to an online format to follow social distancing practices to ensure the safety of students and faculty members.
Karry Butdorf, a UF graduate student majoring in early childhood education in the Unified Early Childhood ProTeach Masters Program, said, “Although I am very thankful that UF moved graduation to a later date so seniors have the chance to walk the graduation stage and get their diploma, I unfortunately will not be able to attend. As a masters student, I am starting my career in August as an elementary school teacher in the state of Georgia. With school usually starting the first week of August up there, I will be busy putting together the final touches in my classroom and lesson plans the entire weekend the postponed graduation is scheduled. Again, I am so thankful UF pushed the date but I know I am not the only person who will have to forego graduation because of an upcoming job!”
Hi, my name is Danielle Randle and I graduated form the University of Florida in the Spring of 2020. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education and Communication specializing in Communication and Leadership Development with minors in Event Management and Leadership. It has always been a dream of mine to be a student at the University of Florida and now as a graduate I am so thankful for my time at the university. Throughout my five years at the University of Florida I was involved in a variety of leadership opportunities that allowed me to gain practical experience in working with large groups and events. I loved every second of my time being a student from classes to involvement to meeting fellow Gators. I have learned a lot and I look forward to using these experiences as I enter into the professional world.
Hey y'all! My name is Eden Miller and I am a graduate of the University of Florida's Agricultural Education and Communication program. I serve in many different leadership roles in local county, state, and national cattlewomen's associations. Through my involvement in these different agricultural organizations, I have developed a staunch passion for storytelling. I owe my amazing experience at the University of Florida to the one-of-a-kind faculty and staff of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
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