SCF Spring Commencement Held May 5

Venice Resident Jacqueline MacPherson Named SCF Outstanding Graduate

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

Two ceremonies were held to accommodate the 279 graduates who participated out of 801 students eligible for graduation. In addition to associate degree graduates, 14 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates received their degrees.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Jacqueline MacPherson, a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF.

MacPherson served as a student state secretary and student delegate for the Florida Dental Hygiene Association and student delegate for the SCF Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association. She participated in Smile Lobby Day held in Tallahassee and volunteered at the SCF Boys & Girls Club Giving Kids a Smile Day, American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Special Olympics Florida, Creekwood Dental Giving Thanks for a Smile and Healthy Smiles for Healthy Kids education program. MacPherson is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene at St. Petersburg College. 

Other finalists were Dillon Clancy, Nokomis; Kimberly Edmondson, Sarasota; James Hybl, Bradenton; Ileisy Lobaina, Sarasota; and Amanda Peebles, Bradenton. Funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Longtime SCF supporters and Englewood residents Annette and Tom Dignam were 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 into 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. 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.

Randall W. Hanna, the new chancellor of the Florida College System, was 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 on the boards for University of West Florida, Tallahassee Community College, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. 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.

Commencement program participants included 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 was sung by the SCF Chamber Choir conducted by Melodie Dickerson, and the alma mater was performed by SCF music students including guitarist Ethan Howland and vocalists Christianna D’Amico, Jessica Tilicky and Lisa Termine.

OGA Winner Jacqueline MacPherson
Outstanding Graduate Award Winner Jacqueline MacPherson

Spring 2012 OGA Finalists
Outstanding Graduate Award winner Venice resident Jacqueline
MacPherson with other OGA finalists Ileisy Lobaina, Sarasota; Dillon
Clancy, Nokomis; Amanda Peebles, Bradenton;
Edmondson, Sarasota; and James Hybl, Bradenton. 

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