SFSC celebrates Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 14, 6:45 p.m., in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus, Avon Park. 

The Commencement student speaker will be Angelo Russo who will receive his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management. In fall 2014, he earned his Associate in Science degree in computer information systems from SFSC. Originally from Hollywood, Fla., he began programming computers at age 7. Currently, he works for Avon Park Correctional Institution in its Information Technology Department. He plans to work on a master’s degree in business through Lynn University.  

By Commencement, 356 students will have met the SFSC requirements for December graduation. Of these, 23 receive their Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Supervision and Management, 122 receive their Associate in Arts degree, 32 receive their Associate in Science degree, 19 receive their State of Florida High School diplomas, and 160 receive occupational certificates, college credit certificates, or advanced technical diplomas. Participating in the Commencement ceremony will be 107 students. 

A reception will be held in the Catherine P. Cornelius Students Services and Classroom Complex (Building B) immediately following the Commencement ceremony. 

Live online streaming, accessed by clicking a website banner at 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. 14, at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

Mace bearer and chief marshal for this year’s ceremony is Michelle Macbeth, and marshals are Elizabeth Andrews, Davida Austin, Brian Bohlman, Thomas Bush, Robert Hampton, Melanie Jackson, Lorri Jaques, Dr. Theresa James, Cynthia Kinser, Dr. Kristina Lewis, Claire Miller, Ricardo Pantoja, and Lena Phelps. 

The Commencement rehearsal takes place Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m., in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.