2014 New College of Florida graduation at a glance
Number of Graduates: 144
Speakers: Jennifer Stisa Granick, Alumna and Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet & Society and Timothy Duff, Class of 2014
Shining Moment: Art history graduate Kaily Holtslander, 22, and Ethics and Gender Studies graduate Andrea Ortiz, 25, Bradenton's two graduates this year, were excited about the future.
"I'm looking for a job," said a smiling Holtslander, whose biggest dream is to work in an art museum. She could do computer art or graphics to pay the bills until her dream job opens up. She graduated from Braden River High School in 2010.
"I would describe my New College experience as struggles and wonder," said Ortiz, who graduated from Lakewood Ranch High in 2007 and took time off during her college career to walk across Florida as an immigration rights activist and to travel to Africa. Said Ortiz's fellow graduate, Grace Ott; "Andrea will change the world, and they will erect a large statue to her in Florida as one of the world's greatest humanitarians."
Best quote: When asked why New College students enjoy dressing up for graduation, Jonas Slackman, 22, of Virginia said: "I think it transfers the focus to the students and whatever makes us happy. It's our last day of college. Why not wear what we want to wear?" At the beginning of this year, Slackman decided he would wear a tear-away graduation gown and have sexy underwear and running shoes underneath. But finally, he decided just to wear comfy shorts and a colorful shirt. "This is me," he said.
Interesting sights: Taylor Filaroski, 21, of Jacksonville, couldn't find blue lipstick for her look, which included a flower crown with real orchids, so she made lipstick out of crayons. Morgan McCabe, 22, a chemistry major from Largo, dressed as the TARDIS time machine from the TV show "Dr. Who." McCabe, who runs the "Dr. Who" Club on campus, had her costume custom made on Etsy.com for $450.