SCF Winter 2012 Commencement Held Dec. 14

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

Two ceremonies were held to accommodate the 201 graduates who participated in the ceremonies out of 890 students eligible for graduation. In addition to associate degree graduates, this number included 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 was Dr. Sarah H. 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 in 2008 from a 40-year career in higher education.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Kortny Hayden, a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. Hayden, a Port Charlotte resident, served as the president of the Alpha Mu Upsilon chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She organized food and toiletry drives for a Charlotte County homeless shelter, a supplies drive for the Animal Welfare League and beach cleanups. She is the 2013 coordinator for the annual Give Kids a Smile Program and has volunteered for Relay for Life and at a therapeutic horse ranch for disabledchildren. Hayden was the recipient of the Mazie E. Ulmer Endowed Scholarship through The SCF Foundation Fall 2012. She has been accepted into the University of SouthFlorida Tampa Honors College where she will pursue a bachelor's degree in microbiology. She later plans to earn a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida and hopes to work with the National Health Service Corps to provide dental care to underserved communities. 

Other finalists were Kelsey Carper, Venice; Caleb Jordan, Sarasota; Andrew Sink, Sarasota; and Fernando Valbuena, Bradenton. Funding for the Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by The SCF Foundation Inc.

Program participants included 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.

Maria Spelleri, assistant professor, language and literature, was the macebearer in the ceremony.

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, Nikkei Golden and Olivia D'Amico.

OGA group
OGA winner (front row) Kortny Hayden, Port Charlotte, with other finalists Kelsey Carper, Venice; (back row) Andrew Sink, Sarasota; Fernando Valbuena, Bradenton; and Caleb Jordan, Sarasota. 

Kortny Hayden
OGA winner Kortny Hayden, Port Charlotte

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