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UMA celebrates the graduation of 4,000 students at USF Sun Dome commencement exercises

USF Sun Dome, Tampa, FL, March 12, 2016 – Ultimate Medical Academy today celebrated the accomplishments of its spring 2015 graduating class by welcoming 3,400 members of our community of learners (including current students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends) to the University of South Florida Sun Dome in celebration. With more than 4,400 students in this graduating class, there was more than enough “pomp” and “circumstance” to fill the historic Tampa arena.

Students were inspired by keynote speaker Dr. Adam Saenz, who spoke of growing up on the streets and prevailing over hardship to achieve academic and career success.

Thousands of students and alumni around the country watched along with their families and friends via the real-time live steam broadcast via the Internet, celebrating in their homes from afar.

School President Derek Apanovitch evoked wisdom in regards to perseverance and grit from Oprah Winfrey and Winston Churchill:

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.

Apanovitch recalled stories of how many UMA students demonstrate grit by overcoming seemingly impossible odds to make it to graduation.

Congratulations to all the new alumni and special thanks to all those who supported them on their journey to success.

Recordings and highlights of the ceremony are available for on-demand viewing via UMA’s YouTube channel.