Commencement for 2018 graduates was held at sunset, Friday, May 18, on the College’s historic Bayfront.


2019 information

Commencement for 2019 graduates will be held at sunset, Friday, May 17, on the College’s historic Bayfront.

The tentative schedule:
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Time TBD: President’s Reception for graduates, their family and faculty, College Hall

Friday, May 17, 2019:

  • 10 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory) Bayfront
  • 11 a.m.:  Alumni Toast, Bayfront
  • 7 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony Bayfront

Commencement Speakers for 2018

Dr. Margee Ensign

Dr. Margee M. Ensign, president of Dickinson College, and a member of New College’s 1973 cohort, will be the keynote speaker at New College of Florida’s 2018 Commencement.

Ensign was appointed president of Dickinson in July 2017, after seven years as president of the American University of Nigeria. Her successes at AUN were tremendous: Overseeing the development of a sustainable campus and the continent’s leading digital library, establishing a graduate school and a law school, and bringing international leaders to AUN’s board.

Just as significant were her achievements in the community. In response to the Boko Haram insurgency crisis, she co-founded the Adamawa Peace Initiative in 2010. The coalition maintained peace through education, empowerment and community development, and fed more than 270,000 refugees who had fled the fighting.

In 2015, the Women of Jama’atu Nasril Islam in Nigeria recognized Ensign for her contributions to leadership, philanthropy and education of women and girls in northeast Nigeria. She has received many other awards for her leadership in education in Africa.

Ensign received both her master’s degree in political science and her Ph.D. in international politics and economics from the University of Maryland. She graduated from New College in 1976.

Read Dr. Ensign’s address here.

Paul Scudder

Graduates also heard a farewell address from retired chemistry professor Paul Scudder. Read his remarks here.

 Images from the 2018 Commencement:


Photography and Video

GradImages will photograph all graduates at the graduation ceremony. For more information, call 800-261-2576.

For questions related to the graduation ceremony, please call 941-487-4100.