More than 4,500 UCF students graduated during December 15-16 commencement ceremonies. The anticipated graduates include 3,712 who filed intents to receive bachelor’s degrees, 810 for master’s degrees, four for education specialist degrees and 65 for doctoral degrees. With this week’s graduations, UCF will have awarded more than 225,000 degrees since classes began in 1968. (17 photos total)

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

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  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    2Many of the graduates search the stands for their families, eventually finding them sooner or later.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    3A doctoral graduate walks across the stage during commencement.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    4A doctoral graduate is honored during the commencement ceremony.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    5A UCF grad makes their way across the stage during the commencement ceremony.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    6Many of the graduates modify their caps to reflect their feelings of graduation and their time at UCF.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    7Graduates celebrate being conferred by Dr. Hitt during commencement.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    8A UCF grad reacts to cheers from their friends and family as they make their way across the stage during commencement.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    9UCF graduates make their way to the stage during the commencement ceremony.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    10A UCF grad reacts to cheers from their friends and family as they make their way across the stage.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    11A UCF alumnus reacts to cheers from friends and family.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    12UCF graduates make their way to the stage.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    13A UCF grad spots her friends and family in the audience.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    14UCF graduates make their way to the stage during the ceremony.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    15UCF graduates make their way to the stage during the ceremony.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    16UCF graduates search for their friends in the audience.

  • Students and faculty at the 2011 summer graduation ceremony.

    17Dr. Hitt prepares to introduce the commencement speaker, Brevard Community College President Dr. James A. Drake.