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USF System to Confer 4,500 Degrees During Commencement Ceremonies Dec. 9-11

National higher education leader, retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral will each receive special recognition this weekend.

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2016) – The University of South Florida System will confer more than 4,500 degrees during commencement ceremonies held Dec 9-11. USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over a total of six ceremonies, representing the university’s 110th commencement convocation.

Approximately 3,900 degrees will be awarded from USF in Tampa, 450 from USF St. Petersburg and 150 from USF Sarasota-Manatee. The graduating class represents 47 states, 86 nations and includes 245 student veterans. The USF System will recognize 17 students as King O’Neal Scholars for earning a 4.0 GPA. The youngest graduate is an 18-year-old receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology, while the oldest graduate is a 72-year-old receiving a master’s degree in library and information science.

Stephanie Radu, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, has been named USF’s Outstanding Graduate by the USF Alumni Association. Albert Moreno III and Jennifer Caba were selected as the Outstanding Graduates for USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The award recognizes graduates who embody leadership, school spirit, academic excellence, community involvement and a love for USF.

Melanie Cooper, professor of science education at Michigan State University, will receive an honorary doctorate in science during the 6 p.m. ceremony on Dec. 9. Cooper is recognized as a world-renowned chemist and science education pioneer.

Peter McPherson will receive the President’s Global Leadership Award, which is presented to individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplishments in international leadership or global relations, during the 1:30 p.m. ceremony on Dec. 10. McPherson is president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the nation’s oldest higher education association comprised of public research universities, land-grant institutions and university systems.

Retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Mike McConnell will receive an honorary doctorate in business during the 6 p.m. ceremony on Dec. 10. McConnell has served as the director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Director of National Intelligence. He also serves as the chairman of the Board of Advisors to the Florida Center for Cybersecurity at USF.

Graduates and ceremony attendees are encouraged to use #USFGRAD on social media posts.

Full Commencement Schedule (all held at the USF Sun Dome, unless otherwise noted):

*Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.

*Saturday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences and Muma College of Business.

*Saturday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the Colleges of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, The Arts and Undergraduate Studies.

*Saturday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduate students from all colleges.

*Sunday, Dec. 11, 2 p.m. USF Sarasota-Manatee will hold a ceremony at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

*Sunday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. USF St. Petersburg will hold a ceremony at the Mahaffey Theatre.

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