South Florida State College graduates will celebrate their self-determination, diligence, and long hours of study when they are honored during Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 15, 6:45 p.m., in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, SFSC Highlands Campus, Avon Park.

The Commencement keynote speaker will be graduating student, Audra F. Weeks. Weeks has been a dual enrollment student at SFSC since her sophomore year in high school. She is graduating mid-year from Avon Park High School and receives her Associate in Arts degree from SFSC. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and continue on to law school, with the ultimate goal of lobbying for the agriculture industry on the national level. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Some 207 students will have met SFSC graduation requirements by the December Commencement. Of these, ten students will receive their Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Supervision and Management, 103 will receive their associate degrees, 83 will receive vocational certificates or college credit certificates, and 11 will be graduates of SFSC’s Adult Education program.  It is anticipated that 114 students will participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Live online streaming, accessed by clicking a banner at www.southflorida.edu, will allow friends and relatives to see everything from the processional to the last graduate crossing the stage. The stream begins on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Mace bearer and chief marshal for this Commencement ceremony is Thomas Bush, and marshals are Beth Andrews, Davida Austin, Brian Bohlman, Kathleen Cappo, Robert Hampton, Melanie Jackson, Lorrie Jaques, Dr. Theresa James, Cindy Kinser, Kristina Lewis, Michelle Macbeth, Adam Martin, Claire Miller, Ricardo Pantoja, Lena Phelps, and Bobby Sconyers.

Deborah Florence and Gina Kulbaba will provide American Sign Language interpretation during the program.

A reception immediately follows the Commencement ceremony in the Catherine P. Cornelius Student Services and Classroom Complex (Building B).

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