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FSU Announces Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 2-3

By: FSU Email
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Updated By: Joe Hellriegel

"It's exciting, sad, I'm freaking out a little bit but I'm very excited."

Florida State students are becoming graduates, walking across the stage, taking steps into the next phase of their lives. While the ceremony is time for celebration, another thing is on some of their minds. Finding a job.

"Interviews, lots of interviews," said Chelsea Wolkove.

"Going back to New York, and hopefully getting a job as soon as possible," said Julie Weintraub.

Some graduates may still be looking, but others say they know exactly what their next step is.

"I've loved working with Florida State athletics, it's been an incredible experience, especially in a national championship year, but I'm going on to physical therapy school after this, so I'm very excited about that," said Paige Prince.

"I have an internship with Stein Mart in Jacksonville after this," said Emily Huffman.

Some parents say they're not worried about the job market, just excited to scream when their child's name is called.

"Absolutely nothing but pride, so happy that she spent four years at a great institution, has done a wonderful job of making her way through a tough course of study, couldn't be prouder," said Stacy Prince.

The future may have good things in store for these grads, but first they have to make their way across the stage and get that piece of paper that says, "You did it."

"I'm more nervous about walking across the stage and not tripping," said Wolkove.


Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
May 2, 2014

Thousands of students prepare to take the biggest step in their lives so far.

Florida State's class of 2014 will head across the stage tonight in the Civic Center to take that next step.

Over 6,000 students are graduating from FSU this semester with about 2,000 graduating tonight.

Officials anticipate around 10,000 spectators will attend graduation at each ceremony, which means a lot of business for local restaurants. They say tonight calls for a larger staff on hand and a lot of hard work, but it's worth it.

"Just getting them in all day. It's the time crunch too... getting such a high density of people into the restaurant all at one time... it's daunting, but we deal with it," said Ryan Mawson, floor manager at Bella Bella.

Tonight's ceremony starts at 7:30 at the Tucker Center.


Updated By: Eyewitness News
May 2, 2014

Students have been flooding the streets of Tallahassee in caps and gowns the past few days.

Florida State University's graduation ceremonies are being held today and tomorrow, and while students are taking their last minute pictures before their big day, there are people behind the scenes that are working to make sure it runs smoothly.

"They've been setting up since Monday. We've been bringing in staff to not only clean the venue, but set up all the seats for the students, make sure their diploma area is all set up, make sure the stage is right, and we're excited to have the students here," said Shashank Gairola, Civic Center General Manager.

There are 2,000 seats on the floor of the Civic Center, and officials anticipate around 10,000 people will be at each ceremony.


News Release: FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Screenwriter Jamie Linden, retired football coaching legend Bobby Bowden and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management head John W. Thiel will deliver the commencement addresses at Florida State University’s 2014 spring graduation ceremonies.

About 3,875 bachelor’s candidates, 416 master’s candidates and 92 doctoral candidates are expected to participate in the ceremonies, but more than 6,200 will graduate. The ceremonies, to be held at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University, 505 W. Pensacola St., also will recognize students who have received academic honors, inductees of the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society and veterans, who wear special cords signifying these achievements.


  • Linden, who will speak during the 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, ceremony, will address the graduates of the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Human Sciences; and Motion Picture Arts. Also during this ceremony, the university’s Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor for 2014-2015 will be recognized. Mark Riley, a professor in Florida State’s Department of Physics, will receive the highest honor the university faculty bestows on one of its own.

  • Bowden will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and speak during the 9 a.m. Saturday, May 3, ceremony, which includes graduates of the colleges of Communication and Information; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Engineering; The Graduate School (materials science graduates only); Social Sciences and Public Policy; and Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance.

  • Thiel will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, to the graduates of the colleges of Business, Education, Music, Nursing and Social Work.


Each year, the FSU Honorary Degree Committee, an advisory committee appointed by the president to represent the university community, considers nominations for an honorary degree. Any active or retired faculty member or any other member of the university community or friend of the university may suggest potential honorary degree recipients to the committee. Nominations are considered at any time of the year. In general, the committee intends to honor people of outstanding achievement who have gained national or international recognition or made a significant scholarly, creative, public, business or humane contribution to the United States or to Florida State University.


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