New College of Florida awarded bachelor’s degrees to more than 170 students in a sunset ceremony May 22, on the College’s Bayfront.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, three-time nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and author of the international best-seller “I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey.”
Dr. Abuelaish is the founder and president of the Daughters for Life Foundation. New College and the Daughters for Life Foundation are partners in a program that brings young women from the Middle East to New College on full four-year scholarships. Dr. Abuelaish received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony.
The student speaker was Cassandra Corrado, a literature and gender studies major from the Fort Lauderdale area. Corrado is a former student government president and is known for her volunteer work on sexual violence prevention.
Nearly one-third of this year’s class graduated with degrees in the STEM fields, including the sciences and mathematics. The graduating class includes three winners of Fulbright scholarships.
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