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SEU Spring 2021 Commencement

For the spring 2021 class, Southeastern University will hold two graduation ceremonies on Friday, April 30 — 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. — at the RP Funding Center.

Event Details
The 2:00 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from the College of Education, the College of Natural & Health Sciences, and the Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology, the College of Arts & Media, and the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences.

The spring class includes students from Florida and 47 other states and territories, as well as from 12 countries, including Brazil, Germany, Nigeria, Russia, China and Italy. 

The ceremonies will also include graduates from 72 of Southeastern’s extension site locations. This commencement brings the total number of Southeastern University graduates to 19,637.

Also graduating in this ceremony are Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu. Bishara and Pogu were among the 276 female students kidnapped by the Boko Haram from a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, on April 14, 2014.

Speakers
The ceremonies will include remarks from Dr. William C. Hackett, Jr., the university’s outgoing provost. Hackett will continue to serve the university as provost emeritus and teach in the Barnett College of Ministry & Theology. 

Breanna Mueller will be the student commencement speaker at the 2:00 p.m. ceremony. Mueller is graduating with a degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. She will continue her studies at Auburn University.

Ely Martinez will speak at the 6:30 p.m. ceremony. Martinez is graduating with a degree in Intercultural Studies. This summer he will be working at the Oasis Center in Madrid, Spain. There, he will volunteer at their refugee center aiding North East African and Middle Eastern migrants who are seeking healthcare, education, and language skills.

Sheary Fredere, associate professor of mathematics, will be awarded the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. Fredere has served at the university for 32 years and will retire in June of 2021.

How to Watch
The ceremonies will be ticketed, and capacity will be limited as the university and RP Funding adhere to CDC guidelines. Masks and social distancing will be required. Ceremonies will be live streamed at SEU.edu/graduation.