Spring 2016 Commencement to be Held May 6

(Bradenton, Fla., May 4, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s Spring 2016 commencement will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

Of the 926 students who are eligible to graduate, 402 are expected to participate in the ceremony. The overall graduate population includes 602 Associate in Arts degree graduates, 205 Associates in Science graduates, 79 baccalaureate graduates and 40 certificate graduates (several graduates are earning multiple degrees).

The graduation speaker will be John C. Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar and a philanthropist. Every year he sponsors the Horne and Moon Social Event, which raises money for scholarships at SCF as well as Manatee Technical College and University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee. He is committed to education and supporting students who want to achieve. His restaurants employ more than 300 people, making a huge economic impact on Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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 Ava Doraisamy, Nathaly Marin, Elizabeth Anne Miller, Sofia Liana Sirocchi and Ella Starr. 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; Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of student affairs; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Matthew C. Connell, program director, physical therapy assistant program; Janet H. Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics; Katherine A. Brown, 2016 All-Florida Academic Team; 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.

Darlene C. Wedler-Johnson, Venice campus executive officer, will serve as the macebearer in the ceremony. Wedler-Johnson will retire in July after 34 years of service to SCF.

Tickets are required and were made available to graduating students. Maps and directions are online at


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