SCF Winter Commencement to be Held Dec. 18

Two Ceremonies at Neel Performing Arts Center

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 9, 2009) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Winter 2009 commencement exercises will be held at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Out of 776 students eligible for graduation, 231 are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

To accommodate the number of students graduating, SCF will hold two ceremonies, one at 5:30 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m.
The guest speaker will be Steve Shenbaum, a former actor and president and founder of game on Media Inc., based at IMG Academies.
The creative communication company uses role-playing techniques to help professional athletes, teams and corporations improve communication and confidence. Shenbaum travels the world leading seminars and speaking to teams and organizations, emphasizing honesty and humility through improvisations.
Shenbaum earned a degree in theatre and performance from Northwestern University and has trained at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.
The President’s Award of Distinction will be presented to SCF alumni Rose Carlson and John W. Schaub III.
Carlson, a graduate of the University of Texas, is vice president and general manager of Bright House Networks, Manatee Region. A third generation native of Manatee County, she has a long history of service to the community in leadership positions including a gubernatorial appointment to the SCF College District Board of Trustees and a term on the SCF Foundation Board of Directors. She served as a partner with SCF as the college has expanded its community outreach and educated students through the use of high-speed network technologies.
Schaub, a graduate of University of Florida, is president of Florida Coast Realty of Sarasota, a real estate investment company. He has authored three books, published by McGraw Hill, on investing in property. He is the past president of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota and has served on Habitat’s International Board of Directors. A native of Florida, Schaub grew up in Manatee County and is committed to education. He is currently the president of State College of Florida Foundation.
The Outstanding Graduate Award also will be presented to a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. The finalists are Cathleen Cornish, Elisha Byerly, Laura Shade, Terrance Marshall and Rafael Gonzalez.
Other program participants include SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner; Steve Harner, chair, SCF district board of trustees; Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Donald Hall, professor, natural science, mace bearer; Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, business and technology; Dr. Joni Pirnot, associate professor, mathematics; SCF Bradenton Student Government Association (SGA) President Charles E “C.J.” Hunnicutt II; SCF Venice SGA President Ashley L. Darr; and Rev. Dr. James Williamson, chaplain, Campus Ministries. The National Anthem will be sung by the SCF Chamber Choir conducted by Melodie Dickerson. The new alma mater, music and lyrics by Dr. Jack Crocker, arranged by Rex Willis and Melodie Dickerson, will be performed for the first time.
Tickets are required and are available through graduating students. Maps and directions are online at
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