Summer Commencement August 8

TAMPA, Fla. (July 31, 2009) – The University of South Florida’s two summer commencement ceremonies, with USF System President Judy Genshaft presiding, will take place Aug. 8 in the USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus. The 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from Arts & Sciences and the 1:30 p.m. ceremony honors graduates from Behavioral and Community Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Undergraduate Studies and the College of The Arts. 


Indira Chakravarty, a noted public health advocate, will receive the President’s Global Leadership Award at the 1:30 p.m. ceremony. Honors College Dean Stuart Silverman will serve as ceremony announcer at both events.


The total number of degrees to be conferred is 2,463: 1,555 bachelor’s degrees, 805 master’s degrees and 103 doctoral and specialists degrees. 


The anticipated numbers of graduates are over 600 at the morning ceremony and over 800 in the afternoon with as many as 8,000 guests at each.  


USF graduates are from 76 nations and 34 states. There will be 16 summa cum laude graduates, 60 magna cum laude, 83 cum laude and one student will graduate with distinction: Anthony Le who earned a B.S. in biomedical sciences from the College of Arts and Sciences. Jordan Causey from the College of Business, is being recognized as a King O’ Neal Scholar, having earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.


Notably, the eldest is gaining her bachelor's degree when many are on the verge of retiring and the youngests graduate is taking his leave of USF at an age when many students are half-way through college. 64-year-old Shirley Ann Odenweller has earned her B.S. degree in environmental science and policy, and 19-year old Allistair Moses has earned his B.S.E.S. degree in electrical engineering.


The grand total of degrees awarded by USF is 262,396 which includes associates, bachelors, masters, EdS, PhD and MD degrees.  This total also includes degrees awarded when the campuses in Ft. Myers (from 1975/76 to 1997/98) and at New College (from 1998/99 to 2000/01) are included.  Without associates degrees, the total is 249,841.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 224 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.