Three Commencement Ceremonies April 27 and 28 at University Campus

April 05, 2012

Commencement season for 2012 for Saint Leo University will begin during the last weekend of April with three ceremonies scheduled at University Campus. All ceremonies will be held in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

The first commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, for approximately 315 graduating students. These graduates have earned their Saint Leo University degrees either through the Center for Online Learning, or through the Adult Education Center housed at University Campus, which allows individuals to earn their degrees by attending evening and weekend classes. The degrees to be awarded include the Bachelor of Social Work degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, and the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Three_Commencement_1 The first commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, April 27, for approximately 315 graduating students. These graduates have earned their Saint Leo University degrees either through the Center for Online Learning, or through the Adult Education Center housed at University Campus, which allows individuals to earn their degrees by attending evening and weekend classes. The degrees to be awarded include the Bachelor of Social Work degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, and the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Author and educator Dr. Peter P. Smith will address the graduates and their guests. Dr. Smith served as the founding president of California State University at Monterey Bay, as assistant director of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and is currently senior vice president of academic strategies and development for Kaplan Higher Education.

Three_Commencement_2 The following morning, Saturday, April 28, Florida Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll MBA ’08 will deliver the commencement address to more than 400 students who have earned graduate degrees. Lieutenant Governor Carroll is a U.S. Navy veteran, former state legislator, and former executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The graduate studies commencement program begins at 9 a.m. The largest group of new degree recipients is comprised of students who enrolled at Saint Leo University to earn the Master of Business Administration degree, as did Lieutenant Governor Carroll. Approximately 200 people will receive the MBA. Another group of about 115 will receive the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. The university will also award: the Master of Science in criminal justice, the Master of Social Work degree, the Master of Arts in theology, the Master of Science in instructional design, the Master of Arts in teaching, and the Master of Science in critical incident management. One graduate has earned the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree, which reflects a level of study between a master’s degree and a doctoral degre.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., a commencement ceremony will be held for nearly 320 undergraduates who earned their bachelor’s degrees at University Campus through the traditional Monday through Friday class schedule. Most are young adults, and many lived on campus during their studies. They are leaving the university with either the Bachelor of Social Work degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree, or the Bachelor of Science degree.

Three_Commencement_3The guest commencement speaker for the Saturday afternoon ceremony will be former Ambassador Edward (Ned) Walker, Jr. Ambassador Walker’s diplomatic career included appointments as U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, to Egypt, to Israel, and to the United Nations. He has personally worked with almost every current Mideast leader with whom the United States conducts diplomatic relations. The former ambassador now teaches at his alma mater, Hamilton College, in upstate New York, where he is the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory.

The three University Campus commencements begin a season of such ceremonies for Saint Leo University, with 14 more scheduled through May and June. In addition to multiple ceremonies hosted in other locations in Florida where the university teaches, Saint Leo will also be hosting ceremonies in Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Texas for graduating students in those states.