SCF Winter 2015 Commencement Held December 18th

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

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

The graduation speaker was 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 in 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. She 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 was presented to Emily Arthur, an associate-level student who has shown superior leadership, academic achievement and community service while attending SCF.

Arthur, a Manatee County resident, has been passionate about education since a young age. She plans to launch a career as a high school history teacher, where she hopes to infuse the arts, history and community activities into her curriculum to give students a hands-on experience inside and outside of school.

During her time at SCF, Emily worked as a student ambassador in the Admissions Office, where she offered guidance and support to new students. Emily achieved a 4.0 grade point average each semester while earning her Associate in Arts degree.

Beginning in January, Arthur will attend the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg, where she will pursue her undergraduate degree in history and education.

Other Outstanding Graduate finalists were Colton Amaral, Desiree Chubb and Regina Rodriguez Tirado. Funding for SCF's Outstanding Graduate Award is provided by the State College of Florida Foundation, Inc.

Commencement participants included 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 was sung by the SCF Chamber Choir directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF Music Program director. The SCF Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies, performed the processional and recessional.

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


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