Seminole State awards more than 2,600 credentials at spring commencement

Eddy Moratin, president of Lift Orlando, delivered the keynote address for the ceremony.

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Written by: Kimberly Allen

Seminole State College of Florida celebrated the success of more than 2,000 graduates during its Spring 2024 Commencement Tuesday, April 30, in Addition Financial Arena at University of Central Florida. The College awarded over 2,600 degrees and certificates this spring.

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Eddy Moritan at Seminole State's Spring 2024 Commencement
Commencement Speaker Eddy Moritan, president 
of Lift Orlando, urges graduates to "Be, Know, Do."

Eddy Moritan, president of Lift Orlando, delivered the keynote address in which he urged graduates to “BE the kind of person whose character embodies the qualities of a leader. Then, KNOW or seek to possess all the knowledge you need to lead and serve effectively…Lastly, you DO. You become capable of doing the tasks that will allow you to achieve your desired goal.”

Among the graduates were the first students representing Seminole State’s bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and exceptional student education. Several of these graduates already have job offers from Seminole County Public Schools. 

2024 Endowed Teaching Chairs
Seminole State's 2024 Endowed Teaching Chairs
(from left) Julie Edstrom, Margaret Jenkins,
Jennifer Williams and Dr. Marisol de Jesus Berrios

Seminole State also recognized its 2024 Endowed Teaching Chairs during the ceremony:

  • Dr. Marisol de Jesus Berrios, professor of biological science: Truist Endowed Teaching Chair
  • Julie Edstrom, professor of mathematics: E. Ann McGee Endowed Teaching Chair
  • Margaret Jenkins, distinguished professor of psychology: Citizens Bank of Florida, B.F. Wheeler Sr. Endowed Teaching Chair
  • Jennifer Williams, professor of nursing: Orlando Health Endowed Teaching Chair

The four recipients each received $5,000 and a medallion honoring their exceptional contributions to the College.

As the ceremony concluded, graduates threw their caps in the air and cheered as Seminole State-branded beach balls also were thrown into the air, marking the occasion with celebration.

About Seminole State College of Florida

Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves more than 24,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A full-service education provider, Seminole State has thrived by adapting to and meeting the needs of an ever-changing, vibrant community. Seminole State offers 11 bachelor’s degrees in high-demand, high-growth fields; two-year associate degrees; specialized certificates; continuing professional education; adult education and guaranteed admission via DirectConnect to UCF® to the University of Central Florida for Associate in Arts (A.A.) graduates. By offering flexible, affordable, high-quality educational programs and services, the College continues to help students learn, succeed and GO Far. For more about Seminole State, visit

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