This year, South Florida State College celebrates spring Commencement in two ceremonies on Thursday, May 5–at 4:45 p.m. and at 7:45 p.m.–in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus, Avon Park.  

“We had a large number of graduates this year, so we decided to have two Commencement ceremonies to provide students with the maximum number of seats for their guests in the performing arts center,” said Dr. Timothy Wise, dean, Student Services. 

This is the inaugural Commencement for students in the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (BSEE) and Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) programs. The BSEE and BSN programs were launched in fall 2014. 

During the 4:45 p.m. ceremony, students earning their Associate in Arts (AA) and BSEE degrees will march across the stage for their diplomas. The Commencement speaker will be Audrey May, who earns her AA degree. 

The 7:45 p.m. ceremony features students who are earning their Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM), BSN, and Associate in Science (AS) degrees, and occupational and college credit certificates, and those who will receive their State of Florida High School diplomas. The Commencement speaker will be Sharmin Jones, who earns her BSN degree. 

Some 459 students will have met the SFSC graduation requirements for the spring Commencement. Of these, 210 receive their AA, 55 receive their AS, 119 receive occupational certificates or college credit certificates, 14 receive their State of Florida High School diplomas, and 22 will receive a BAS. The BSN program will graduate 27 students, and the BSEE program will graduate 12 students. Participating in the two Commencement ceremonies will be 285 students. 

Receptions will be held in the Catherine P. Cornelius Student Services and Classroom Complex (Building B) immediately following each of the Commencement ceremonies. 

Live online streaming, accessed by clicking a website 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 May 5 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. EDT. 

Mace bearer and chief marshal for this year’s ceremony is Elizabeth Andrews, and marshals are Davida Austin, Thomas Bush, Kathleen Cappo, Dr. Cate Cover, Robert Hampton, Dr. Theresa James, Melanie Jackson, Michelle MacBeth, Claire Miller, Ricardo Pantoja, and Lena Phelps. 

The Commencement rehearsal takes place Thursday, May 5, at 10 a.m., in the Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.