SCF Spring 2017 Commencement to be Held May 5

(Bradenton, Fla., May 2, 2017) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) Spring 2017 commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Of the 885 students who are eligible to graduate, 367 are expected to participate in the ceremony including, recipients of 251 Associate in Arts degrees, 74 Associate in Science degrees and 41 bachelor degrees.

The graduation speaker will be Emily Walsh, publisher of the Observer Media Group. Before joining the media business, she was a professional ballerina with the Sarasota Ballet from 1995 to 2000. Walsh is chair of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens board of trustees and regional director of the Calusa chapter of Leadership Florida. Her emphasis in education is around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) because much of her career has been spent in arts and innovation and she realizes the need for leaders in those areas. 

The Outstanding Graduate Award will be presented to a student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. This year’s finalists are Juliana Arias, Kaitlin Folsom, Adam Holt, Damon McIntire and Isaac Mingus. Funding for SCF's Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation Inc.

Program participants will include Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF president; Dr. Richard G. Barnhouse, vice president of strategic enrollment management; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Matthew C. Connell, program director, physical therapy assistant program; Janet H. Samuels, associate professor, mathematics; Goe Yang, president of physical therapist assistant club; and the Rev. Jennifer Potter Buff, 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. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs, student ombudsman/Title IX coordinator, will serve as the macebearer in the ceremony. Bowman will retire this summer after 18 years of service to SCF.

Commencement exercises can be viewed live on Facebook Friday. Tickets are required and were made available to graduating students. Maps and directions are online at

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