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Eastern Florida Students Prepare for Spring Graduation

April 27, 2016
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Graduation Day is approaching at Eastern Florida State College where about 2,000 students will be eligible to receive their diplomas May 12 during spring commencement ceremonies.

The students will culminate their hard work at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne campus, marking an important milestone in their lives.

Among them will be members of the first graduating class in the college’s new Bachelor’s Degree program in Biomedical Science. They include Joseph Hilde, 24, of Merritt Island, who previously received an Associate in Arts Degree at Eastern Florida.

“The program offered me a great opportunity to study locally in an area that always interested me,” said Hilde. “It was challenging and I really enjoyed it.”

Hilde wants to attend medical school and became a neurologist specializing in Multiple Sclerosis,  inspired by two members of his family fighting the disease.

A fellow program graduate will be Summer Towne, 20, of Mims, who wants to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

“The program has been extremely worthwhile, allowing me to learn a great deal about research and connecting me to mentors,” said Towne, who earlier earned an Associate in Arts Degree from the college.

Through the program, Towne has worked with an Ocala research firm studying horse disease in a project she hopes will help her get into veterinary medical school.

There will be two graduation ceremonies May 12:
•    The first will start at noon with graduates from the Titusville and Cocoa campuses.
•    The second will start at 3:30 p.m. with graduates from the Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses.

Doors to the King Center will open one hour before each ceremony. No tickets are required.

Both ceremonies will be televised live on WEFS-TV and streamed live on the college’s website at

Graduates and their family and friends are encouraged to share commencement photos using the hashtag #efscgrad

The graduates will join more than 95,000 others who have graduated from the college since it began in 1960.

Eastern Florida offers more than 100 degrees and programs including Bachelor Degrees, Associate Degree and Certificate Programs in some of today’s fastest growing career fields.

Classes are available on all four campuses and online. For more information, visit