By Wendy Sarubbi | May 4, 2015 4:12 pm

A record number of students – 273 undergraduates and 13 earning Masters and Ph.D. degrees – graduate Saturday from the College of Medicine’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

Undergraduate degrees are up 21 percent from spring 2014. Graduate degrees more than doubled from last spring’s five. Forty-three of the undergraduates are graduating with university honors: 15 are graduating Cum Laude with a GPA of at least 3.865; 11 are graduating Magna Cum Laude with GPAs of at least 3.944; 17 are Summa Cum Laude with GPAs of at least 3.988. In fact, 13 of those 17 have a perfect 4.0 GPA.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our outstanding graduates,” said Dr. Griffith Parks, director of the Burnett School. “These young scientists will be helping improve the wellbeing of us all. We wish them all the best as they go on into research, education, medical care and graduate training. These are the health leaders of tomorrow.”

The Burnett School students are among the more than 7,500 UCF students are expected to graduate during ceremonies May 7 to 9, including UCF’s 250,000th graduate.

Burnett School students will graduate at the last ceremony, held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. They will join graduates of the College of Graduate Studies, Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Rosen College of Hospitality Management. The speaker will be Brandon Arrington, chairman of the Osceola County Commission.

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