FIU graduates celebrate real triumphs at initially in-individual commencement considering the fact that pandemic commenced | FIU Information

This weekend, hundreds of FIU students will rejoice the 1st in-person commencement ceremonies since the COVID-19 pandemic started. These graduates consist of some who have employed what they discovered in the classrooms to make a difference in the course of the pandemic.  
“This year’s graduates exemplify perseverance. Some have been on the entrance traces of the pandemic response earning a difference to our COVID-stricken group and all of them overcame own problems to stay targeted on their aims,” reported FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “We are thrilled to see them graduate and be capable to celebrate their achievements in person yet again.” 
The 6 ceremonies, scheduled for Saturday, April 24 and Sunday, April 25 at Riccardo Silva Stadium on FIU’s primary campus, will abide by COVID-19 protection recommendations like a rigorous capability restrict of 1,000 graduates per ceremony.
One of the graduation highlights will be an address by Florida Lieutenant Governor and FIU alumna Jeanette Nuñez on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. The two days of outdoor ceremonies rejoice additional than 6,000 spring semester graduates. Graduates from 2020, who celebrated their graduations just about, are also invited to take part.  
Below are some Actual Triumph Graduates:

  • David Berthold experimented with various approaches to maximize the progress level of algae for mass cultivation and has found and named formerly mysterious forms and printed 27 peer-reviewed journal article content. Berthold designs to continue on conducting investigate and get the job done to battle toxic algae blooms – a persistent challenge in Florida. Berthold graduated with a Ph.D. in organic sciences from the Higher education of Arts, Sciences & Instruction in Spring 2020, but will celebrate his graduation on Saturday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Patricia Garcia, 22, becomes a person of the 1st to graduate with a bachelor’s diploma in interdisciplinary engineering from the School of Engineering & Computing. This new plan seeks to acquire the subsequent technology of numerous STEM leaders by concentrating on a broader look at of the engineering career. Garcia is also a 2020 Millennium Fellow, 2021 NCWIT Collegiate Award finalist and “Forbes Underneath 30 Scholar.” She accomplished a mechanical engineering research internship at MIT and interned at Tsinghua-Berkeley Shenzhen Institute (TBSI) Facts Science and Details Center at UC, Berkeley. Garcia have to now choose no matter if to acquire a position with Microsoft or head to graduate school soon after accepting the prestigious GEM Fellowship. Garcia graduates on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m.
  • Milagros Yanes was born prematurely and has lived with visual and listening to impairments given that delivery. In spite of her incapacity, she embraced a new language and tradition when she arrived to the U.S. from Cuba at 14. Immediately after earning an associate diploma with honors from Miami-Dade Higher education, she dove headfirst into her scientific studies at FIU. An Honors College student, recipient of an FIU Worldwide Studying Medallion, and energetic member of many honor societies with internships for Congresswoman Donna Shalala and the Consulate Basic of Spain beneath her belt, Yanes graduates Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s diploma in political science from the Steven J. Green School of International & General public Affairs on Sunday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Forty-8 a long time in the making, Melinda Spitzer, 66, will rejoice her Spring 2020 graduation with a bachelor’s degree in women’s and gender scientific studies from the Higher education of Arts, Sciences & Training on Sunday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Spitzer’s collegiate lifetime has been on a regular prevent and go thanks to a spinal illness that would only let her to choose just one class for each semester. Even with the setbacks and gradual development, Spitzer’s graduation opens the doorway to attain her purpose of operating at a not-for-earnings firm.
  • An ICU registered nurse at Palmetto Common Medical center, Carlos Vasco, 32, survived his bout with COVID-19 and discovered to offer improved, empathetic treatment to his coronavirus individuals by way of his possess knowledge. While on the job, Vasco discovered the trend in worsening inpatient hyperglycemia. Vasco joined a healthcare facility committee to make improvements to protocols and educate colleagues on the subject. This improved teaching has been properly shipped to many healthcare supplier teams. Vasco graduates with a bachelor’s diploma in nursing from the Nicole Wertheim College or university of Nursing & Well being Sciences on Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m.