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Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development

Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development

Presidential Leadership Certificate


President Leadership Certificate

Your Leadership Journey

Your engagement in leadership development while a student at Florida Gulf Coast University is an important and valuable part of you university experience. Through the Presidential Leadership Certificate program, student leaders design a self-paced, comprehensive experience, while being guided by a leadership mentor. Your mentor will support you, as well as challenge you to develop and enhance your skills which will be demonstrated through completion of the certificate. The Presidential Leadership Certificate is a valuable accomplishment as it honors well-rounded and exceptional leaders who excel in their commitment to personal development and positive change.

The Presidential Leadership Certificate Advantage

  • Exposure to a variety of unique opportunities throughout campus
  • Individualized experiences with a personal mentor
  • Opportunities to actively showcase your campus engagement experiences

Upon completion, students receive:

  • A signed certificate from the University President
  • Co-Curricular Transcript documenting 100 hours of leadership service
  • Cords signifying your accomplishment to be worn at graduation
  • Recognition at the annual Dean of Students' Office Leadership and Involvement Awards ceremony
  • Celebratory dinner with University President


The Presidential Leadership Certificate Model

Phase I: Emerging Leaders

  • Identification of your leadership mentor
  • Personal Action Plan Development
  • 20 hours of on-campus leadership programming attendance
  • Reflection paper

Phase II: Engaged Leaders

  • 40 hours of active leadership roles
  • Reflection Paper
  • Attendance at Leadership Academy or an approved independent leadership experience

Phase III: Enlightened Leaders

  • 40 hours of elite campus leadership service and participation
  • Reflection Paper
  • Poster Presentation to campus community distinguished guests



Q: How long does the program take to complete?
  • The certificate is self-paced and designed individually for each student and therefore the time it will take to complete will vary. Students should be able to complete the full certificate in three years.
Q: How can I get involved?
  • Enrollment in the program requires an application and attendance at a Presidential Leadership Certificate orientation, as well as being in good academic and conduct standing at FGCU.