Administration

SCF Spring 2019 Commencement Held May 3

(Bradenton, Fla., May 3, 2019) State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) celebrated student success during its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Seven hundred thirty-three students graduated where 423 Associate in Arts degrees, 172 Associate in Science degrees and 113 bachelor’s degrees were awarded.

The graduation speaker was Dr. Donal O’Shea, president of New College of Florida since 2012. A firm believer in collaboration, O’Shea has helped develop a consortium of local colleges and universities to expand opportunities for all students.  He is the immediate past-president of the Southern University Conference, the president of the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, and a member of the strategic planning committee of the national Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. O’Shea earned an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Queen’s University, all in mathematics. An internationally known mathematician, he continues to work with collaborators around the world.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Loren C. Lacy, a U.S. Navy veteran and president of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter at SCF Venice.  He graduates with his Associate in Arts degree with a 3.67 grade point average and has made the dean’s list every semester.  Since his transition from the military to college in 2017, Lacy immersed himself in his classes and joined student organizations that allowed him to expand his experience and skills in the areas of project management, leadership and technical abilities.  He is also a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s Alpha Mu Upsilon Chapter, Swamp Scribes, Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society at SCF Venice, and helped set up Xenos, SCF Venice’s inclusivity club, by drafting the club constitution. During his time at SCF, he also worked as a Business and Technology lab assistant and most recently a Veteran Academic Peer Advisor. He has been accepted to University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Communications with a minor in Information Technology.

The other Outstanding Graduate Finalists were: Jacob M. Blenker, LeAnn L. Copeland, and Darrell E. Stinger.

The first-ever student-selected Outstanding Faculty Award was presented to Daniel Fuerstman, SCF associate professor, social and behavioral sciences. Proudly recognized by SCF students for his exemplary academic instruction, student advocacy, mentoring, and ability to challenge students to discover their own capabilities and reach their optimum potential within a supportive environment. 

Program participants included Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF president; Dr. Todd G. Fritch, executive vice president and provost; Matthew C. Connell, program director, physical therapy assistant program; Janet H. Samuels, associate professor, mathematics; and the Rev. Michael P. Todd, campus ministry. 

The national anthem was sung by the SCF Chamber Choir directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF vocal studies director. The processional and recessional were performed by the SCF Symphonic Band conducted by Dr. Robyn Bell, SCF director of music program of instrumental studies. 

Altay Özgener, SCF professor, mathematics served as the mace bearer in the ceremony.

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