SCF Spring Commencement to be Held May 5

(Bradenton, Fla., April 24, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Spring 2012 commencement exercises will be held on Saturday, May 5, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Two ceremonies will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to accommodate the 279 graduates expected to participate out of 801 students eligible for graduation. In addition to associate degree graduates, 14 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates will receive their degrees.

Randall W. Hanna, the new chancellor of the Florida College System, will be the commencement speaker. Hanna’s background in higher education includes serving as the chair of the Florida State Board of Community Colleges and the Florida College System Foundation and as a member of Tallahassee Community College’s governing board.

Hanna is listed in the 2007-08 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and was recognized by Florida Trend as among the state’s Legal Elite. He also has served as chairman of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners and as chair of the Tallahassee Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Outstanding Graduate Award will be presented to a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. Finalists areDillon Clancy, Nokomis; Kimberly Edmondson, Sarasota; James Hybl, Bradenton; Ileisy Lobaina, Sarasota; Jacqueline MacPherson, Venice; Amanda Peebles, Bradenton. Funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Long-time SCF supporters and Englewood residents Annette and Tom Dignam will be the first married couple to receive the SCF President’s Award of Distinction. Dedicated to growing their family-owned business Key Insurance Agency into Englewood’s largest private employer, Tom and Annette also have invested enthusiasm, time and funds to education and community causes.

A few of the Dignams’ contributions to SCF include serving on the Board of Directors of the SCF Foundation Inc.; having two named classrooms in the Sarah H. Pappas Professional Development Center at SCF Venice; raising funds for the Center for Innovation and Technology at SCF Lakewood Ranch; and sponsoring colorful tables at College fundraising events.

For their generosity to the community, they were named among Sarasota’s 100 Most Powerful People; received the prestigious Association of Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year Award; and were featured in the Community Video Archives.

Commencement program participants include SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner; Dr. Jack Crocker, vice president of academic quality and success; Dr. Bonnie Hesselberg, SCF Lakewood Ranch provost and dean of nursing and health professions; Stephanie Cook, assistant professor, business and technology; Marrion Ramdass, president of the SCF Bradenton Nu Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; Allisa Joseph; president of the SCF Venice Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; and Deacon Kathy C. Gilpin, chaplain assistant, campus ministries.

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 including guitarist Ethan Howland and vocalists Christianna D’Amico, Jessica Tilicky and Lisa Termine.

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


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