USF's Summer Graduation Ceremonies Set for August 9

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2008) – The University of South Florida's summer commencement ceremonies take place Aug. 9 at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the USF Sun Dome on the Tampa campus. The total number of degrees to be conferred is 2,646 compared with 2,377 in summer 2007. Approximately 1,250 graduates are expected to be in attendance with as many as 7,000 to 8,000 guests.

USF graduates are from 78 nations and 37 states. There will be 18 summa cum laude graduates, 76 magna cum laude, 106 cum laude and one student will graduate with distinction. Shamik Dwivedi is being recognized as the King O’ Neal Scholar candidate, having earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Notably the youngest graduate is taking his leave of USF at an age when many students enter college. The eldest is gaining his master’s degree when many have retired. 72-year-old Richard Roth earned his advanced degree in library and information science and 18-year-old Jonathan Adolfo Narvaez has earned his degree in biomedical sciences with a minor in public health.

Roth worked for the majority of his career in teaching and marketing research but is currently working for the Broward Library system and plans to start a new career as a librarian. Narvaez has been accepted by the USF College of Medicine where he begins working toward a master's degree in molecular medicine this fall.

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. The university offers 219 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 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.