Four Florida Commencements May 13 and 14

May 13, 2011

New graduates of Saint Leo University will be celebrating their educational accomplishments during four separate ceremonies in Central and North Florida communities on May 13 and 14.

Four Florida Commencements May 13 and 14 These particular commencement exercises are set in locations where Saint Leo operates continuing education centers in partnership with community colleges. This arrangement allows undergraduates to begin their college education at public community colleges, and then transfer to Saint Leo to complete a four-year degree, all while staying in the same geographic area. Certain graduate degree programs are also available at selected centers, or online, so graduate degree recipients also participate in regional commencement exercises.

The ceremonies begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, at Florida Gateway College in Lake City (Columbia County). Mike Millikin, superintendent of Columbia County Schools, was chosen to deliver the commencement address. A member of the class of 2011, Alina DeWein, who earned the Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, was selected to give the class farewell.

On Saturday, May 14, graduates from the Madison County area and their families will gather at 10 a.m. in the Van H. Priest Auditorium of North Florida Community College, or NFCC. The president of NFCC, John Grosskopf, is the guest speaker for the ceremony. Graduates Kali Carter, who studied elementary education, and Connie Smith, who studied human services administration, were chosen to deliver the class farewell addresses. Both earned the Bachelor of Arts degree.

At noon on Saturday in Ocala, Saint Leo’s local graduating class will gather at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, where they will be welcomed by Saint Leo University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. Ocala Mayor Randy Ewers will deliver the commencement address. Renee Lynn Messer, who has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, will speak on behalf of the graduating class. The Saint Leo continuing education center in Ocala is at the College of Central Florida.

At 5 p.m., Saturday, Saint Leo University’s Gainesville area graduates will gather for commencement exercises at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of Florida. Saint Leo’s continuing education center in Gainesville is nearby at Santa Fe College. The guest speaker for the event is John Spence, an executive educator, speaker, and consultant. Graduate Jennifer Lynn Morales, who studied psychology, was selected to deliver the class farewell.