College of Health and Human Performance


April 29, 2022

by Bridgette Welch

On Thursday, April 28, the College of Health and Human Performance celebrated this semester’s graduating students in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

The morning's campus-wide doctoral recognition ceremony included three Ph.D. and 13 Doctor of Athletic Training (DAT) graduates from the college. Joslyn Ahlgren, Ph.D., instructional professor and undergraduate coordinator for the Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, was the guest speaker for the doctoral ceremony.

In her speech, Ahlgren detailed the importance of being hard, flexible, relatable and transparent using anecdotes from personal experiences. She explained that being “the hard one” will build trust with others and more importantly, have the ability to impact the life of others for the better.

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Following the morning ceremony, the college celebrated 142 master’s and 441 bachelor’s degree recipients in the O’Connell Center.

Dean Michael Reid, Ph.D., presided over the afternoon ceremony recognizing the graduates in applied physiology and kinesiology; health education and behavior; sport management; and tourism, hospitality and event management.

Alice Norsworthy, president of global marketing for Universal Parks and Resorts and an alumna of UF College of the Arts, delivered the guest speaker address. Norsworthy’s speech focused on sharing lessons about perspective, creativity and adaptability.

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Emily Wong, BS APK ’22, from Miami Lakes, FL, delivered the graduating senior address wishing a final farewell to the peers she worked beside, encouraging them to continue to revel in both their successes and failures.

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To close the ceremony, the graduating Class of 2022 sang the University of Florida Alma Mater for the first time as new alumni.

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Posted by University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance on Friday, April 29, 2022

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