With a total of more than 63,000 undergraduates and graduate students, University of Central Florida in Orlando has the largest enrollment of any university in the country. It launched in the early ‘60s as Florida Tech and had a focus on engineering and technology. Over the years, the focus has expanded; the top five majors at UCF are psychology, nursing, biomedical sciences, biology, and business. With so many students pursuing a wide variety of disciplines, it should come as no surprise that the annual and recurring events on campus campus are plentiful, too. Read on to find out more about just a handful of University of Central Florida events.
Since 2014, UCF has brought TEDx Talks to campus and given the spotlight to students. According to the program’s website, TEDx is a program of locally organized events “that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.” UCF students have shared their experiences in life and academics in a way that sparks discussion and maybe even solutions. Past student TED Talks topics involved cancer detection research, innovations in farming, and travel. In previous years, TEDx Talks have been scheduled in April and September. They’re free and open to the publc.
National Coming Out Day at UCF
Every October, Americans celebrate National Coming Out Day, which was first observed in the ‘80s to bring awareness about LGBTQ issues. Individuals have taken part in Coming Out Day by coming out to family, friends, and their community. A celebration is held every year on campus to celebrate those who’ve come out and those who have yet to do so. The celebration at UCF centers around a rainbow painted door set up outside the student union; students open the door, walk through, and shut it. This event is just one in a series of events that happen every October to celebrate LGBTQ History Month, which includes a ceremony featuring speakers and music, a film series, lectures, and smaller informal talks.
UCF Celebrates the Arts
When it comes to University of Central Florida events, UCF Celebrates the Arts stands out as a favorite. Taking place every April at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, this free, week-long event highlights the arts in myriad forms. Marvel at costume exhibits created by UCF theater students, which will be set up in the lobbies and public spaces throughout the Phillips Center. Watch a documentary on the effect of music on people with Alzheimer’s Disease. Be entertained by a computer animation show by visual arts students. Take in a presentation about the intersection of science and music. Treat your ears to a wind ensemble and symphonic band concert as well as a concert featuring three of UCF’s choirs. The list goes on and on. Although the event is free, tickets are required.
As you can see, University of Central Florida events hold something for just about everyone, including members of the public. For more annual and recurring events on campus, take a look at the UCF website and mark your calendar accordingly!