Prior to 2022, OCT students graduated in a small ceremony, separate from the rest of the UNF graduating class. Then UNF student, Analysse Harmon, began volunteering with The Arc Jacksonville and serving as a “Best Buddy” for OCT student Matt. Analysse decided that she wanted to advocate for her buddy, Matt, and all other OCT students to be included in graduation.
Analysse started a petition and obtained over 700 signatures, as well as letters of support from dozens of UNF professors.
In 2020, UNF faculty voted to allow OCT students to participate in the commencement ceremony moving forward, beginning with the Class of 2022!