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USF System to Award 2,700 Degrees at Two Summer Commencement Ceremonies on Aug. 5

Notable graduates include Garrett Bowleg, a female engineering student from the Bahamas who wants to be a role model for young women in STEM fields in her home country; and RoseAnne Garcia Bowers, a life-long education and community leader in Tampa Bay to receive an honorary doctorate in education.

TAMPA, Fla. (July 31, 2017) – More than 2,700 University of South Florida System students will be awarded degrees during two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 5. USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over both ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, marking the university’s 112th commencement convocation.

USF in Tampa will award approximately 2,470 degrees, with 190 degrees being conferred for USF St. Petersburg students and nearly 90 students from USF Sarasota-Manatee. The graduating class represents 43 states, more than 83 nations and includes over 100 student veterans. Ten students will earn the King O’Neal award for graduating with a 4.0 GPA. The youngest graduate is a 19-year-old receiving a bachelor’s degree in political science, while the oldest graduate is a 67-year-old earning a master’s degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling.

Garrett Bowleg will be recognized with the USF Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award. Bowleg, who graduates with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering, is an international student from the Bahamas who came to USF to pursue her dream of becoming a female role model in a STEM field for young girls in her home country. Bowleg has gained membership into numerous student organizations including the Society of Women Engineers, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, USF Ambassadors and Lead Fellows for the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She also secured internships with both the United Technologies Corporation and Lockheed Martin. After graduation, Bowleg has been offered a full time position at Emerson as part of their Engineers in Leadership Program, which will provide her with the opportunity to work abroad in Romania.

Garett Bowleg, an international student from the Bahamas graduating with bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, will be recognized with the USF Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduate Award. 

Graduates and anyone attending the ceremonies are encouraged to use #USFGrad and #Classof2017 on all social media posts. More information on commencement is available at

Commencement schedule (all held at the USF Sun Dome)

Story by Lara Wade, University Communications and Marketing

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