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Flagler College Graduates Look Toward The Future

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Flagler College Graduates of 2015

Flagler College held its spring commencement ceremony Saturday, May 2, for graduating seniors. Close to 400 students receive their diplomas at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre. Students from around the world received Diplomas in; Education, Business, Fine Arts, Communications, Humanities and more.

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Dr. Abare speaks at graduation.

President of Flagler College, Dr. William T. Abare, Jr addressed the audience and expressed his pride to the students, “Not only did you earn a degree…you earned a degree from Flagler College!” he said. “You leave our college as honorable, ethical and responsible human beings.” he shared.

The commencement speaker was Dr. Eric J. Smith, the former Education Commissioner of Florida from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Smith spoke of the importance of an education. He addressed the class of 2015, “You are the best prepared, best educated in our nations history.”

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Dr. Erick Smith speaks to the students.

As he continued his speech, Smith gave the graduates a bit of advice. “Competition comes from China and around the world,” he said. “Expect to have 10 to 14 different jobs by the time you turn 48.” Smith also told the students to build on their strengths, bring a passion to what they do and commit their life to make a difference.

As the graduates listened to the customary speeches, the time had finally came as they listened for their names to be called. The onlookers cheered as the graduates walked or danced across the stage.

With hard work and dedication the class of 2015 have achieved a great milestone. It is with confidence that these students march in a new direction toward a future filled with promise.