SCF Winter 2015 Commencement to be Held Dec. 18

(Bradenton, Fla., December 15, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Winter 2015 commencement
will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Out of 1,057 students who are eligible for graduation following the summer and fall terms, approximately 247 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. This includes 202 associate degree graduates, 43 baccalaureate graduates and four certificate graduates (several graduates are earning multiple degrees).

The graduation speaker will be Edie Deane-Watson, MS-CCC, CCM, an expert in creative leadership, customer engagement and staff empowerment. Deane-Watson has provided consulting and education in most areas of health care, including business development, operations, software, education and training. She is the principal of ED Coaching & Consulting, empowering leaders and professionals to meet life and career objectives.

Deane-Watson earned her Associate of Science degree from Manatee Junior College, now SCF, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from Florida State University, graduating summa cum laude.

Deane-Watson is a third-generation native of Bradenton, where she lives with her husband, Steve, also a Manatee Junior College graduate. She is the mother of three, including two SCF graduates.

The Outstanding Graduate Award will be presented to an associate-level student and a baccalaureate-level student who have shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. This year’s finalists are Colton Amaral, Desiree Chubb, Emily Arthur and Regina Rodriguez Tirado. Funding for SCF's Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Program participants will include SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Janet H. Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics; Jennifer A. Bieselin, assistant professor, language and literature; and the Rev. Bryan O’Carroll, campus ministry.

The national anthem will be sung by the SCF Chamber Choir directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF Music Program director. The processional and recessional will be performed by the SCF Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies.

Dr. Michael Mears, vice president of strategic initiatives at SCF, will serve as the macebearer in the ceremony. Mears will retire in May 2016 after 36 years of service to SCF.

Tickets are required and were made available to graduating students. Maps and directions are online at

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