SCF Spring Commencement to be Held May 7

First B.S.N. Graduates Join Associate Degree Graduates

(Bradenton, Fla., May 2, 2011) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Spring 2011 commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 7, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. Joining associate degree graduates will be graduates of SCF’s first baccalaureate program, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), to celebrate a milestone in the College’s 54-year history.

Two ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to accommodate the 325 graduates expected to participate out of 729 students eligible for graduation, which includes 38 B.S.N. graduates.

The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Anne Rigney, an SCF B.S.N. graduate from Englewood. Rigney, a practicing nurse with experience as a charge nurse in the intensive care unit at Englewood Community Hospital, earned her Associate in Science in Nursing degree in 2006 from SCF and returned to enroll in SCF’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. She starts a new job in May as a clinical documentation specialist and plans to apply to Florida State University's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree offered at SCF Lakewood Ranch.

The Outstanding Graduate Award will be presented to a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. Finalists are Stephanie Burr, Paul Cajka, Shirley Foor, Jodi Johnson, and Derek Wallace. Funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

The President’s Award of Distinction will be presented to an individual who has shown a lasting commitment to our community including friendship and support of SCF and its mission to advance the educational, professional, and personal goals by SCF students and members of the service area.

Program participants include SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner; Ron Allen, chair, SCF District Board of Trustees; Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, business and technology; Dr. Joni Pirnot, associate professor, mathematics; SCF Venice Student Government Association (SGA) President Zaph Manigat; SCF Bradenton SGA President Matthew Corkery; and Rev. Dr. James Williamson, chaplain, campus ministries.

Dr. Cynthia Reynolds, SCF faculty and director, curriculum and instruction, SCF Collegiate School, will serve as the mace bearer in the ceremony.

The national anthem will be sung by the SCF Chamber Choir conducted by Melodie Dickerson and the alma mater will be performed by SCF music students Angela Garner, voice, and Ethan Howland, voice and guitar.

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

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