SCF Spring 2016 Commencement Held May 5

(Bradenton, Fla., May 5, 2017) —  State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) celebrated student success during its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, as more than 350 students walked across the stage of the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Of the 885 students who were eligible to graduate, 368 were 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 was 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 was presented to Juliana Arias for showing superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF. Arias was named to the prestigious Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team as a Gold Scholar. Arias plans to pursue a career in international relations and won an Outstanding Delegate Award as part of the Model UN team at SCF. She has served as vice president of the Student Government Association at SCF and president of the Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, where she pushed service projects that help SCF’s neediest students. She is serving as an intern for State Sen. Bill Galvano and has applied for a summer internship with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson. She plans to attend the University of Florida in the Fall.

The other Outstanding Graduate Finalists were: Kaitlin Folsom, Adam Holt, Damon McIntire and Isaac Mingus.

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, assistant professor, mathematics; SCF student Goe Yang, president of physical therapist assistant club; and the Rev. Jennifer Potter Buff, campus ministry.

The national anthem was sung by the SCF Chamber Choir directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF music program director. The processional and recessional were 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.

Juliana Arias

Juliana Arias

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