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USF System Confers Nearly 5,000 Degrees in Fall Commencement

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, entrepreneur Kate Tiedemann to be honored during commencement ceremonies

Nearly 5,000 degrees were conferred during the University of South Florida System’s fall commencement ceremonies, Dec. 7-10. USF System President Judy Genshaft presided over a total of seven ceremonies, marking the university’s 116th commencement convocation.

Twenty-eight students in the USF System have been identified as King O’Neal Scholars, earning a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn received the President’s Fellow Medallion Award. This award is given at the President’s discretion to very distinguished visitors and highly meritorious individuals.

Successful business leader and entrepreneur, Kate Tiedemann, was presented with an honorary doctorate of business administration. Tiedemann is dedicated to improving her community by championing numerous causes, and thanks to her generosity, the USF St. Petersburg College of Business is named in her honor.

Learn more about some of USF's amazing graduates

Fall 2018 Graduating Class by the Numbers
USF System Total Degrees (approximate): 4,944

U.S. States Represented: 48

Nations Represented: 86

Student Veterans: 247

Youngest Graduate: Age 19

Oldest Graduate: Age 69

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