Commencements in South Carolina, Florida, and Mississippi

May 22, 2014

Saint Leo University will host five regional commencement ceremonies over Friday, May 30, and Saturday, May 31, marking one of the busiest weekends during the two-month commencement season at Saint Leo.

The preview of the weekend follows in chronological order.

Sumter, SC, Friday, May 30

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General William “Bill” J. Lennox, Jr. (pictured), will serve as the guest commencement speaker for the 7 p.m. ceremony at Patriot Hall in Sumter for more than 110 new degree recipients. Most of the new degree holders studied at the education center at Shaw Air Force Base, but some studied at the North Charleston Education Center.

Graduates are receiving Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Art degrees. In addition, two people will receive the Master of Business Administration degree. Lauren Hagen, who earned her Bachelor of Arts in human services, will give the class farewell address.

Northeast Florida, Friday, May 30

The Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, FL, will be the commencement setting for nearly 90 new graduates who have studied with Saint Leo at various locations including Palatka, St. Augustine, Orange Park, and Mayport Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

Chevara Orrin (pictured), a motivational speaker and community catalyst, will deliver the guest commencement address. Graduates Michael Bennett, a business administration major, and Cheryl Grant, an elementary education major, will deliver farewell messages to their classmates.

Undergraduate degrees to be awarded are the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and the Associate of Arts. In addition, four students have earned the Master of Education degree, and two have earned the Master of Science degree (available in criminal justice subject areas).

Columbus, MS, Saturday, May 31

The 11 a.m. (CST) commencement ceremony will be held at the Columbus Club at Columbus Air Force Base, home to the local Saint Leo University Education Center. The base is also home to the 14th Force Support Squadron, which is responsible for education and training services, among other services for military personnel and civilians.

Laurence Brooks, chief of education and training at Columbus AFB, will deliver the guest commencement address to the 2014 graduates. Eight graduates are receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree, and one student has earned the Master of Business Administration. Marjorie Wesley, who earned the Bachelor of Arts in business administration, will deliver the class farewell.

Madison, FL, Saturday, May 31

U.S. Representative Ted Yoho from North Florida’s Third Congressional District will deliver the guest commencement address for the Madison Education Center. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Van H. Priest Auditorium at North Florida Community College.

The congressman (pictured in front of flag), elected in 2012, will be addressing about 45 graduates. Most will receive the Bachelor of Arts degree, though two students earned the Bachelor of Science. Additionally, three Master of Education degrees will be awarded.

Students Krystal McCormick, who majored in elementary education, and Kende Bodiford, who majored in human services, will deliver farewell addresses to their classmates. Both are graduating with highest academic honors.

Tampa, FL, Saturday, May 30

Retired U.S. Army Major General Karl R. Horst (pictured in uniform), who served as chief of staff at U.S. Central Command, will deliver the guest commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. It will be held at the A La Carte Event Pavilion.

More than 200 adult learners will receive degrees. Undergraduate degrees to be awarded include the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Applied Science. At the graduate level, students have earned the Master of Business Administration degree, the Master of Education degree, the Master of Social Work degree, and the Master of Science (available in criminal justice subject areas).

Malia McManus, who earned a Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in psychology, will deliver the student farewell address.