Flagler graduates more than 180 students, including first from Deaf Ed Master's
Flagler College handed out more than 180 diplomas on Saturday at its fall commencement ceremonies, including to the college’s first three graduates from the Deaf/Hard of Hearing master’s program.
Flagler’s first master’s degree was launched in 2016 as a distance-learning program with a summer residence. It is focused on preparing qualified educators to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
The commencement speaker was be Dr. Judy Bense, president emeritus of the University of West Florida. Bense became the fifth president of the University of West Florida in 2008, after serving at the University for 28 years.
Approximately 180 students received diplomas in the college's morning ceremony, followed by an afternoon ceremony for the Flagler College Public Administration (PAD) program, where 25 graduated.
The PAD program at Flagler College is designed specifically to meet the educational and career objectives of public sector professionals and includes courses such as management, program evaluation, public budgeting, human resources, administrative ethics, public policy and grant writing.