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Flagler’s fall graduation held, spring seniors recognized

Dec 14, 2020

On Saturday, Dec. 12, Flagler College held its commencement exercises for graduating seniors. Approximately 396 students received diplomas at The Amp, an outdoor auditorium owned by St. Johns County.

Stage of five people, four sitting and one standing at the podium with flags on stands behind them all.

The graduating number is unusually high, as Flagler was unable to hold its graduation in the spring due to COVID-19. Instead, it offered the scheduled fall graduation date to its spring graduating seniors as an option to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas in person. All health and safety measures were in effect, including dividing the graduates into two ceremonies: a 1 p.m. commencement for Summer and Fall graduates and a 7 p.m. commencement for Spring graduates. Both ceremonies had remote participants as the entire event was live-streamed.

The following precautions were also implemented:

- All guests were required to wear masks that cover their nose and mouth at all times, including when seated;

- Tickets were limited with each graduate receiving only two tickets for guests;

- All seating was assigned and in “family units” with the graduate sitting with their 2 guests, which were physically distanced six feet from other family seating units;

- All guests had temperatures taken using thermal scanners and answered health screen questions prior to being allowed to enter the Amphitheater;

- All individuals agreed to a safety contract on their ticket.

The commencement speaker was retiring Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty Alan Woolfolk who has served the college for 12 years in this capacity. He announced his retirement in October of 2020. 

Woolfolk holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a M.S. in political science from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in economics-political science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before becoming Dean at Flagler in 2008, he was Professor of Sociology, Director of the Core Curriculum, and Associate Provost at Oglethorpe University.  He has published extensively on social and political theory, contemporary culture, public intellectuals, and film; edited volumes on the works of Thomas Masaryk and Philip Rieff; and twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow. The Dean was instrumental in developing the first-year program now known as the Center for Advising & Core Experience, tireless in helping faculty to establish shared governance and greatly expanded the faculty and curriculum.

1 p.m. Commencement 2020 Ceremony - https://photos.flagler.edu/Commencement-2020-Ceremony-1/ 

7 p.m. Commencement 2020 Ceremony - https://photos.flagler.edu/Commencement-2020-Ceremony-2/

Bird’s eye view from back of amphitheater of the evening graduation proceedings. 

Public Administration held its separate ceremony Saturday evening on Flagler’s campus in the Lewis Auditorium. Twelve graduates from the spring participated and 24 from the fall cohort.

Since initially going virtual in the spring, the Public Administration program has evolved into a hybrid online program. Now, each semester students can take two hybrid and two fully online courses.

The Public Administration 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.

PAD Commencement 2020 - https://photos.flagler.edu/PAD-Commencement-Fall-2020/

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