USF Graduate School Celebration

USF Graduate School celebrates 30 years of providing professional development to graduate students.


Video credit: Amy Mariani / USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (March 3, 2011) – The University of South Florida Graduate School will conclude  its year-long celebration of its 30th Anniversary Friday, March 4, with a special ceremony recognizing distinguished alumni, mentors and student scholars.


Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio will be honored as the USF Graduate School Outstanding Alumni Recipient. The Graduate School will also name its first Graduate School Faculty Mentor Award and celebrate its student scholars at the event, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center ballroom.


“We are very proud of the forward trajectory of the Graduate School over the last 30 years,” said Graduate School Dean Karen D. Liller.


“We truly have changed from a graduate studies office to a real school that focuses on the professional development of graduate students so they can become the global leaders they are poised to be. Graduate education has been said to be the jewel in the crown of the American education system and we are confident our graduates are ready, prepared, and will successfully meet the challenges that lie ahead.”


The USF System has more than 8,800 students enrolled in masters and PhD programs, an enrollment which has grown by nearly half over the last decade.  More information on USF’s Graduate School can be found here.