April 28, 2012
More than 1,000 new graduates of Saint Leo University celebrated their accomplishments during the course of three commencement ceremonies Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon at University Campus.
The degrees awarded were both at the graduate and undergraduate level, in fields ranging from business to humanities, science, education, criminal justice, and social work. Guest speakers included Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll, a 2008 alumna of Saint Leo University's Master of Business Administration degree program; educator and author Dr. Peter P. Smith; and former Ambassador Edward S. "Ned" Walker, Jr. Ambassador Walker's son Christopher studied sport business at Saint Leo, and participated in the undergraduate commencement ceremony, during which the elder Walker spoke.
Several 2012 graduates have notable achievements to their credit:
- Tiffany Anne Carpenter, who earned the Bachelor of Arts in English, has been accepted into National University of Ireland, Galway, for a one-year program in international management, with the help of her Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. She is from Nashville.
- Jake Hirst, who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, has been awarded a fully-paid fellowship from Ernst & Young to earn his Master of Accountancy degree at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Hirst is from West Palm Beach, FL.
- January Watters, who earned the Bachelor of Science in biology, has been accepted into the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Ph.D. program in Tampa. She resides locally in east Pasco County.