More than 1,100 Graduate from SCF, Manatee-Sarasota

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2018) — More than 300 students participated in State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s (SCF) graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. They were among more than 1,100 students eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony after completing their degree requirements in the summer and fall semesters, including 186 who received their bachelor’s degrees.

Of the graduates who participated in commencement, 180 earned Associate in Arts degrees, 60 earned Associate in Science degrees, and 61 earned bachelor’s degrees. Nine of the graduates also earned certificates.

The graduation speaker was Desiree Chubb, an alumna and director of quality, chemical hygiene and safety at 3 Daughters Brewing Company in St. Petersburg. Chubb, who has a background in business, spent ten years in investment banking and management before returning to college to study natural science at SCF. She graduated in fall 2015 with a degree in biotechnology and has completed a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry at University of South Florida, St. Petersburg (USFSP). Chubb also teaches analytical laboratory techniques in the USFSP brewing arts certificate program and supervises interns from several local colleges, including SCF.

The Outstanding Graduate Award was presented to Miguel D. Garcia,who graduated with his Bachelor of Applied Science in public safety administration with a 3.82 grade-point-average. As a professional firefighter, paramedic and student, Garcia took on an assignment as an adjunct instructor at Suncoast Technical College. While balancing work, school and teaching, Garcia excelled at the Sarasota County Fire Department, obtaining the rank of lieutenant. As a nontraditional student, he considers himself to be among the traditional students of tomorrow – someone who has some life experience and then goes back to school while working and raising a family. His advice to students is to continue pursuing your educational goals, “even if it takes you 10 years or more to finish. With perseverance, you will succeed.”

Graduation program participants included SCF President Dr. Carol F. Probstfeld; Dr. Todd G. Fritch, executive vice president and provost; Jennifer A. Bieselin, associate professor, language and literature department; Janet H. Samuels, assistant professor, mathematics; James F. Hargrove, student veteran, SCF Venice; and the Rev. Michael P. Todd, campus ministry.

Dr. Matthew J. Thomas, associate professor, natural science, served as the macebearer and offered a short welcome during the ceremony.

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

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