Yesterday the University of Central Florida started celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month with the opening ceremony.

The celebration started outside of the Student Union with a group of people playing music and taking the procession inside of the ballroom, located on the third floor of the building.

Over two hundred people attended the ceremony.

"It was fantastic and very moving," said Cyndia Muñiz, Director of LaFaSA, the Latino Faculty and Staff Association. 

This year’s theme is “Presente.”

Muñiz started naming every Latin American country. When a country was mentioned, people from that country yelled “Presente,” meaning that the country was being represented in the ceremony and the university.

There were also three students who asked to represent the Indigenous, African and Spanish cultures. These three cultures run deep inside the veins of many people who reside in the Latin American countries and it means that they carry those roots wherever they go.

The ceremony concluded with food and the 107.3 sólo éxitos radio station playing music.

Dr. Muniz also said that this year twenty five percent of undergraduate students at UCF identified themselves as Latinos.

The goal for Hispanic Heritage Month is to educate the UCF community about the Hispanic culture, and to validate all the good it has imparted to Central Florida.

The event was coordinated by LaFaSA and the Latin American Students Association.

Hispanic Heritage Month events will continue until October 15.

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