USF System Commencement

Ceremonies will be held from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, including a Friday event for the Tampa campus at the St. Pete Times Forum.


From USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2011) – More than 2,900 graduates will participate in the University of South Florida System’s commencement ceremonies beginning Friday, Dec. 9 and throughout the weekend, including events which will draw approximately 26,000 spectators.


More than 2,400 graduates from USF’s Tampa campus will gather in three ceremonies Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Travel directions and parking options close to the Forum can be found here. Commencement ceremonies have been held downtown in 2011 while USF’s Sun Dome undergoes significant upgrades due to be completed by Spring 2012.


Ceremonies will continue on Sunday, Dec., 11 for USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee and on Monday, Dec. 12 for USF Polytechnic.


The events will include recognition of six students across the USF System have been identified as King O’ Neal Scholar candidates, earning a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Ryan Spellins, who is earning his Bachelor of Science in Finance from the College of Business, has been named the Outstanding Graduate by the USF Alumni Association.


USF’s Tampa campus also will confer honorary doctorates to two notable figures at its Friday ceremonies.


At 9 a.m., doctor and anthropologist Paul Farmer, a founder of Partners in Health whose work in Haiti and other impoverished nations has drawn considerable attention from world leaders, will be honored with a doctorate in humane letters. At 1:30 p.m., nationally-known higher education economist, scholar and leader Michael S. McPherson, President of the Spencer Foundation, will be presented with an honorary doctorate in education.


Additionally, two international education leaders will be honored with the President’s Global Leadership Award.


Naana Opoku-Agyemang, Vice-Chancellor of University of Cape Coast in Ghana and the first and only woman to hold a top academic position in Ghana, will be recognized for her contributions to educational advancement and her extensive scholarly work in history. Young-Sun Lee, President of Hallym University, one of the top 10 universities in Korea, will be recognized for his initiatives in building a global education system.


USF’s Tampa campus will confer degrees at 9 a.m. for undergraduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates in the colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, the Arts and Undergraduate Studies. The 6 p.m. ceremony will confer graduate degrees in all colleges. No tickets are required and doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony.


Watch the live webcasts of the commencement ceremonies in Tampa here.

USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold its ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

USF St. Petersburg will hold its commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 1st Street S., St. Petersburg.


USF Polytechnic will hold its ceremony at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 12 at the Youkey Theater at the Lakeland Center, 701 West Lime St., Lakeland.