Programs and Events


The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) facilitates and offers a number of events every year for university faculty, staff, and students.  Events range from Veterans Transfer Orientation to our Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony.  See below for more information about upcoming events.  See you at a future VARC event!

 

Veterans Transfer Orientation Sessions

In cooperation with the UCF Office of First Year Experience and Office of Transfer and Transition Services, the Veterans Academic Resource Center hosts incoming transfer student veterans for the first two hours of their transfer orientation.  The purpose of these sessions is to:

  • Meet the full-time professional staff and student staff
  • Learn the steps in using your G.I. Bill benefits at UCF
  • Learn about VARC Services and Accommodations specific to student veterans
  • Tour the VARC

Newly admitted student veterans will schedule their new student transfer orientation with the Office of First Year Experience. The VARC will reach out to the student veterans one week prior to the scheduled orientation date, to provide specifics on meeting times and locations. If you are a student veteran and have an upcoming transfer orientation scheduled but have not been contacted by the VARC three days prior to your scheduled orientation date, please contact the VARC Program Coordinator at 407-823-5874.

 

VARC Open House

Every semester the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) opens our doors for UCF Faculty, Staff, and Students to tour the VARC, meet the professional staff, and learn more about the various services and programs offered to our student veterans.  For more information on dates and times of the VARC Open House, contact VARC Program Coordinate at joshua.johnson@ucf.edu.

 

 

 

Veterans Month Events – Fall Semester

During the month of November, the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) produces several events in cooperation with various UCF offices to honor and celebrate our Veterans Faculty, Staff, and Students.

 

 

  • Flag Days – Memory Mall
  • Veteran Commemoration Ceremony (Collaboration with the Veterans History Project)
  • Military Appreciation Football Game (Collaboration with UCF Athletics)

Be sure to check out the VARC News and Events for an updated list of Veterans Month Programs

 

Veteran Education and Training Seminars (V.E.T.S.) – Fall Semester

This session is a collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Orlando VA Hospital and the Veterans Academic Resource Center.  This session is designed to educate UCF faculty, staff and students about military and veteran culture, explore challenges student veterans may face and offer tips and strategies when working with veterans.  At the end of this session, all attendees receive a Veterans & Military Friendly sticker and certificate of completion.  For more information about the V.E.T.S session and how to register for this seminar, please contact VARC Program Coordinator at joshua.johnson@ucf.edu.

Next Session: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Barbara Ying Center, Room 140.

 

 

 

Veterans Resource Fair – Spring Semester

The Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC), showcases various UCF Offices and Veterans Service Organizations.  This event is held typically during the third week of the Spring Semester.  This is an opportunity for our student veterans and the entire university community to engage with the Central Florida Veteran Community based organizations.  These organizations provide information on support services for veterans and their family members and how the university community (Veterans and non-Veterans alike) can participate in their organizations.

 

 

 

Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony

Every semester, the Veterans Academic Resource Center, in cooperation with the Student Veterans of America – UCF Chapter and SALUTE National Honor’s Society – UCF Chapter, host this ceremony to honor the academic achievements of our graduating student veterans.  This ceremony is held typically the Wednesday before each semester’s commencement.  Graduating student veterans are presented with a Veterans Graduation Stole and VARC Challenge Coin during this event.

Family & friends are welcomed to attend this event.  There is no charge for the event, but to receive the stole & coin, the graduating student veteran must RSVP & attend.  For more information about this event please contact Vet2Vet Peer Mentor at VARCPeerMentor@ucf.edu

Fall 2019 Veterans Graduation Recognition Ceremony:  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Classroom Building II, Room 105.  To RSVP click here