SCF Winter 2012 Commencement to be Held Dec. 14

(Bradenton, Fla., December 6, 2012) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Winter 2012 commencement exercises will be held on Friday, Dec.14, in Neel Performing Arts Center at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

Two ceremonies will be held at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to accommodate the 201 graduates expected to participate out of 890 students eligible for graduation. In addition to associate degree graduates, this number includes 25 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates and the first class of seven Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration graduates.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Sarah Pappas, president and CEO of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation and president emeritus of State College of Florida. Pappas was president of SCF, then MCC, from 1997 until her retirement from higher education in 2008.

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 Kelsey Carper, Venice; Kortny Hayden, Port Charlotte; Caleb Jordan, Sarasota; Andrew Sink, Sarasota; and Fernando Valbuena, Bradenton. Funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by The State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Program participants include Dr. Carol Probstfeld, interim president and vice president of business and administrative services; Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services and interim provost of SCF Lakewood Ranch; Dr. Mike Mears, vice president of baccalaureate programs and provost of SCF Bradenton; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, provost of SCF Venice; Dr. Joni Pirnot, professor, mathematics; and Deacon Kathy C. Gilpin, chaplain, 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, Nikkei Golden and Rose Panik.

Maria Spelleri, assistant professor, language and literature, will serve as the macebearer in the ceremony.

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

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