SCF Spring 2014 Commencement to be Held May 2

(Bradenton, Fla., April 25, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Spring 2014 commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Out of 840 students who are eligible for graduation, 323 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony. This includes 809 associate degree graduates, 30 baccalaureate graduates and one certificate graduate. Fifty-four of the associate degree graduates are SCF Collegiate School (SCFCS) graduates.

The graduation speaker will be Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, president of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Fla., which partnered with SCF to provide scholarships for SCFCS graduates who have been accepted to FGCU to have the opportunity to earn a baccalaureate degree.

Bradshaw’s higher education experience also includes serving as the president of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn., provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, vice president and dean for graduate studies and research at Georgia Southern University, and dean of graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University.

Born in Sanford, Fla., and raised in West Palm Beach, Bradshaw earned his Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Florida Atlantic University, and doctorate in psychobiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Neural and Endocrine Regulation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bradshaw is active in civic, educational and philanthropic initiatives in FGCU’s Southwest Florida region and beyond. Bradshaw also serves on the Alliance of Educational Leaders Board of Directors, Naples Botanical Gardens Board of Directors, Lee County Education Foundation, and Searching for Solutions Inc. Board of Directors.

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.

Finalists for the Outstanding Associate Graduate Award are Olga Klippert Blue, Englewood; Andrew Pluta, Sarasota; Donald Rimel III, Lakewood Ranch; Priscilla Sosa, Sarasota; and Tat Sing Yeung, North Port.

Finalists for the Outstanding Baccalaureate Graduate Award are Tim Hyden, Bradenton; Andrea Lucy, Sarasota; and Estraica Reed, Sarasota. Click here for OGA bios.

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; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Darlene Wedler-Johnson, SCF Venice campus executive officer; Janet Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics; Kristen Zaborski, instructor, business and technology; and Pastor Kevin Bowder and Deacon Kathy Gilpin, campus ministries.

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

Karen Armstrong, SCF educational records coordinator, will serve as the macebearer in the ceremony. She has been employed at SCF for 39 years and will retire in October.

Tickets are required and are available through graduating students. Maps and directions are online at


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