By Joey Mazzaferro
On a beautiful December evening, the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning held a Recognition Ceremony to honor its Fall 2018 graduating class.
The ceremony was held at the iconic University Auditorium, which was filled with proud family and friends who anxiously awaited seeing their loved one cross the stage and hear their name called for the first time as a UF graduate.
UF DCP Dean Chimay Anumba welcomed everyone to start the proceedings and thanked them for coming to celebrate with the DCP family.
He then introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Zwick, who is a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is retiring this spring.
“My hope for the each of the graduates is that they experience good success, good fortune and an exciting career,” Zwick stated.
The next speaker was Fall 2018 graduate Kyle Larsen, who received his bachelor’s degree in construction management. Larsen served as a DCP Ambassador and as President and Secretary of the Construction Management Association of America.
Larsen urged his fellow graduates to always appreciate the feelings in their lives when they find bliss, to savor those moments.
“Learn from the past. Live in the moment. Plan for the Future. Design it. Build it. Sustain it,” Larsen said. “And when it arrives in the present along with that feeling, say the only two words ever needed: thank you.”
“Wherever your future takes you, don’t forget where you came from,” Larsen added. “Know that you are part of OneDCP and you will forever be a part of the Gator Nation.”