SCF Spring 2018 Commencement Held May 4

(Bradenton, Fla., May 4, 2018) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) celebrated student success during its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 4, as more than 400 students walked across the stage of the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto.

 Of the 737 students who were eligible to graduate, 401 were expected to participate in the ceremony including, recipients of 254 Associate in Arts degrees, 98 Associate in Science degrees and 44 bachelor’s degrees.

The graduation speaker was Kevin Cooper, president and CEO of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. He was named one of the Business Observer’s 40-under-40 last year. Public service has been a priority for Cooper. He sits on three advisory boards for Sarasota County: the Sarasota County Planning Commission, the Human Services Advisory Board and the Public Facilities Financing Advisory Board. He also sits on the board of the Sarasota Tiger Bay Club and on the Continuum of Care Leadership Council, an offshoot of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. 

The student speaker was Victoria Kolbakh, who came to Florida from Moscow, Russia as an acrobat more than 20 years ago. She graduates with her Physical Therapist Assistant degree and applied to be the student speaker so that she could thank her professors and classmates for their teaching and collaboration.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Sara Marie Lindsay, a first-generation college student, who has been tenacious in achieving her goals and getting to graduation. Despite several setbacks, including having to learn to walk again after her leg was crushed in an athletic accident, she graduates with her Associate in Arts degree with a 3.53 grade point average. While at SCF Lindsay immersed herself in student life and volunteering for the community. She served as vice president of leadership for Phi Theta Kappa and was a founding officer of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honors Society on the Venice campus. She organized a women's art pop-up called Vision & Voice and is the founding president of Xenos, an inclusivity club on the Venice campus. She is known as a dynamic and engaged student. Lindsay plans to major in photojournalism.

The other Outstanding Graduate Finalists were: Christopher Davis, Clarissa Cumbo, Mary Lopez Marin and Trace Edward Gerber.

Program participants included Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld, SCF president; Dr. Richard G. Barnhouse, vice president, strategic enrollment management; Gary Russell, vice president of academic affairs; Matthew C. Connell, program director, physical therapy assistant program; Janet H. Samuels, associate professor, mathematics; and the Rev. Marcia Tremmel, 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 Symphonic Band conducted by Dr. Robyn Bell, SCF director of instrumental studies.

Dr. Andrew Swanson, SCF professor, natural sciences served as the mace bearer in the ceremony.

Sara Marie Lindsay

Sara Marie Lindsay

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