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Fall graduation ceremony to be held Dec. 9 and include first Deaf Ed Master's graduates

Nov 30, 2017

Flagler College will hold its fall commencement ceremony at the Flagler College Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 9, for approximately 180 graduates, including the college’s first three grads from its new 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.

This fall’s commencement speaker will 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. Before retiring as president in 2016, she built a solid network of community partners, identified regional workforce needs, increased enrollment, and strengthened academic programs so that students are prepared for future leadership. Bense founded the UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology in 1980, becoming the first academic chair in 2001. She also established the Archaeology Institute in 1980 and served as its director for 20 years. She authored five books and 17 chapters in books and professional journals. She was awarded more than 75 grants and contracts totaling in excess of $6 million.

Commencement begins at 9 a.m. and is not open to the public.

The Flagler College Public Administration (PAD) program will hold its graduation later that day at 4 p.m. in the Flagler College Lewis Auditorium. Approximately 25 students are set to graduate.

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.

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