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USF System to Award 6,000 Degrees in Spring Commencement Ceremonies, May 5-8

Approximately 6,000 University of South Florida System students will receive their degrees during commencement ceremonies May 5-8.

TAMPA, Fla. (May 1, 2017) – Approximately 6,000 University of South Florida System students will receive their degrees during commencement ceremonies May 5-8. USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over nine ceremonies, marking the university’s 111th commencement convocation.

USF in Tampa will award approximately 5,700 degrees, while 500 degrees will be conferred at USF St. Petersburg and nearly 300 at USF Sarasota-Manatee. The graduating class represents all 50 states, more than 100 nations and includes over 200 student veterans. Thirty-four students will graduate with a 4.0 GPA. The youngest graduate is an 18-year-old receiving a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, while the oldest graduate is a 78-year-old earning a master’s degree in liberal arts.

A 4.0 student, Natalie Soyster will be recognized with the USF Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award. Soyster, who graduates with bachelor’s degrees in psychology, as well as cell and molecular biology, plans to start medical school in the fall.

Graduates and anyone attending the ceremonies are encouraged to use #USFGRAD on social media posts. More information is available at usf.edu/commencement.

Full commencement schedule (all held at the USF Sun Dome, unless otherwise noted)

*Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. ceremony includes undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Phillip Furman, vice president of Biological Sciences at Pharmasset, Inc., who has played a significant role in the development of drugs to treat HIV and hepatitus B, will receive an honorary doctorate of science.

*Friday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. ceremony includes undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ibrahim Gambari, the first Under Secretary General and Special Adviser to the Secretary General on Africa, United Nations, will receive the President’s Global Leadership Award.

*Friday, May 5, 6 p.m. ceremony includes bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree recipients from USF Health. Dr. Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami, will receive an honorary doctorate of public health.

*Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. ceremony includes undergraduates from the Muma College of Business and College of Engineering. Dr. Patricia Flatley-Brennan, director of the National Library of Medicine, the world's largest biomedical library, will receive a dual honorary doctorate of engineering and nursing.

*Saturday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. ceremony includes undergraduates from the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, College of Education, Undergraduate Studies and the College of the Arts. Dr. Michael Gessler, chair of the Institute for Technology and Education, University of Bremen, Germany, and a preeminent scholar in  technical and vocational education and training, will receive an honorary doctorate of education.

*Saturday, May 6, 6 p.m. ceremony includes master’s and doctoral degree recipients. Dr. France Cordova, an astrophysicist and director of the National Science Foundation, will receive the President’s Global Leadership Award.

*Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. ceremonies for USF St. Petersburg at the Mahaffey Theatre

*Monday, May 8, 6:30 p.m. ceremony for USF Sarasota-Manatee at the Bradenton Area Convention Center

Story by Adam Freeman, University Communications and Marketing


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