SCF Spring Commencement to be Held May 8

(Bradenton, Fla., May 3, 2010) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Spring 2010 commencement exercises will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday, May 8, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Two ceremonies will be held to accommodate the 288 graduates expected to participate out of 693 students eligible for graduation.

The guest speaker and recipient of the President’s Award of Distinction will be Teri Hansen, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. Under her leadership, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation was the first community foundation in the state to surpass $100 million in grants and scholarships invested in the community, including some funding allocated to SCF. SCF received funding for academic scholarships, SCF’s first baccalaureate degree in nursing, and a grant to create a new online platform for recent military veterans to access higher education. Hansen earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University and served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Air Force. She also completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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 Ashley Cranston, Samantha Gillen, Biyun Huang, Rachel Roach and Crystal Wilson.

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; Gary Russell, professor and program chair, language and literature, 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 alma mater, music and lyrics by Dr. Jack Crocker, arranged by Rex Willis and Melodie Dickerson, will be performed by SCF music student Reggie Williams.

Tickets are required and are available through graduating students. Maps and directions are online at

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