By Wendy Sarubbi | December 15, 2016 4:27 pm

UCF’s winter graduation December 16 and 17 includes a 109 undergraduates and 12 Ph.D. and master’s degree students from the College of Medicine.

Students from the college’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences are among the nearly 5,400 UCF students graduating, including a student who will receive the university’s 300,000th degree since classes began in 1968.

Of the 5,393 students who filed an intent to graduate, there are 4,655 bachelor’s degrees, 658 master’s degrees, four education specialist degrees, nine educational doctoral degrees, 65 Ph.D.s, and two Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees. The Burnett School has one Ph.D. and 11 master’s graduates.

The Burnett students walk across the stage at the December 17 9 a.m. commencement ceremony along with students from UCF’s colleges of Business Administration, Engineering & Computer Science and Optics & Photonics. The speaker for that ceremony is Don Fisher, Osceola County manager, who works with the medical school on a number of projects, including a UCF Health on-site clinic for Osceola County Sheriff’s Office employees and their families and a new therapeutic equestrian riding center in Osceola that is helping combat veterans cope with the emotional and physical injuries of war.

“It is always a great joy to see our students succeed in our program and graduate to pursue careers in medicine, research or academia,” said Dr. Saleh Naser, associate director of graduate studies at the Burnett School. “We are confident they will represent UCF proudly.”

Dr. Griffith Parks, director of the Burnett School agreed. “These scientific leaders of tomorrow exemplify the spirit of inquiry and discovery that is such an important part of our Burnett School family. We wish them all the best as they take the next steps on their life journeys.”

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