AVON PARK, Fla. – May 3, 2017 – SFSC celebrates spring Commencement in two ceremonies on Thursday, May 4–at 4:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.–in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus, Avon Park.

The 4:45 p.m. ceremony features students who are earning their Bachelor of Science degrees in Supervision and Management (BAS-SM), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Associate in Science (AS) degrees, occupational and college credit certificates, and State of Florida High School diplomas. Steven Cullipher, who earns his BAS-SM degree, will be student Commencement speaker at this ceremony.

During the 7:45 p.m. ceremony, students earning their Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (BSEE) and Associate in Arts (AA) degrees will march across the stage for their diplomas. The student Commencement speaker will be Emily Swenson, who earns her Associate in Arts degree.

Some 466 students will have met the SFSC graduation requirements for the spring Commencement. Of these, 212 receive their AA, 68 receive their AS, 132 receive occupational or college credit certificates, and 21 receive their State of Florida High School diplomas. The BAS-SM program will graduate 14 students, the BSN program graduates 13 students, and the BSEE program graduates six students. Participating in the two Commencement ceremonies will be 320 students.

Receptions will be held in the Catherine P. Cornelius Students 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 4 at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. ET.

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

The Commencement rehearsal takes place Thursday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the Alan Jay Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts.