The Florida Institute of Technology, a private research institution in Melbourne, Florida, recently handed degrees to 1,168 undergraduate and graduate students during two graduation ceremonies, Florida Today reports.
These new graduates hailed from 58 countries and 37 U.S. states, proving Florida Tech's devotion to creating a diverse student body. Among the international graduates was Rian Mehta, who earned an undergraduate degree in aviation management after moving to Florida from Bombay, India. Now that he has graduated summa cum laude, Mehta plans to complete an internship at Miami International Airport and return to Florida Tech for a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Florida Today reports.
The university also handed diplomas to nontraditional students such as Lucie Muns, a 54-year-old who recently earned an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary science.
Regardless of graduates' nationality or age, Dr. Anthony James Catanese, Florida Tech's president, said he had high expectations for their futures.
"The College Salary Report found that our graduates have the highest mid-career median salary of all the schools in the state of Florida," Catanese said. "Our students also have a 95% placement rate within six months of graduation, so don't let us down."
Placing a strong emphasis on the rapidly growing industries of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Florida Tech offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in subjects like biochemistry, applied psychology, business administration, computer engineering and liberal arts.