More than 1,000 students are expected to participate in the college’s 118th commencement ceremony Tuesday, May 8, 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field.
Unlike previous graduations, there will be no student processional. Faculty and platform guests will march in as they have in the past.
Platform guests are reminded to enter Gate 4. Faculty and administrators who plan to participate in the processional should enter Gate 3. Administrators and staff who do not plan to participate in the processional may enter Gates 3 or 5. Gates 3, 4, and 5 are on 16th Street. Staff working the event should enter Gate Lower 6, which is on the north side of the stadium near 16th Street. Parking in Lot 1 is free to all SPC employees with an SPC ID badge. Staff working the event should park in Lot 5, which also is free.
Two ceremony highlights will be the naming of the Apollo Award winner and recognition of the Outstanding Alumna, Helen Leslie. She is a longtime supporter of the college and began her distinguished business career here as a student in 1940. Both award recipients are chosen by the Alumni Association.
The Apollo Award is given to the outstanding graduate of a two-year program.
The finalists are:
Corey Burris, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, is a December 2011 graduate and former Marine combat veteran.
As an active participant in the Student Veterans Association, Burris helped fellow veterans make the challenging transition from military life to student life.
He dedicated much of his time working in the Veteran’s Service Office, guiding these students through the business processes of SPC and the VA in order to obtain educational benefits and understand the resources available to them. Burris has participated in volunteer events at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital, including nursing home visits and donation drives, as well as serving as a student veteran representative at Sept. 11 commemoration ceremonies in the area.
Burris is enrolled at the University of South Florida where he is working on a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He hopes to become proficient in the Arabic language and culture in order to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Mary Freeman, Seminole Campus, is a May 2012 graduate. During her time in the Early College program, Freeman has been an active member of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government, Future Healthcare Professionals, as well as the Spanish Club.
She has participated in several community service projects, including Pedal for Pink, Adopt-a-Kid, beach and park cleanup activities, and has volunteered 150 hours at Bayfront Medical Center. She is graduating first in her class of 394 students, despite also working a part-time job. Freeman plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in biology and complete the MD/JD dual degree program with USF’s Medical School and Stetson Law School.
Alistair Glover, Clearwater Campus, is a May 2012 graduate who was President of Phi Theta Kappa and the Student Government Association on the Clearwater Campus, as well as Communications Director and State Secretary of the Florida College System Student Government Association.
He was also a representative on the Student Life Plan Committee, a tutor at the Learning Support Commons and a member of the Honors College Student Consortium. Glover has been rewarded academically by receiving the Rowell Provost Award, the Zalupski Achieving the Dream Award and the Departmental Award for Excellence in Biology.
He also was named the Honors College’s Most Dedicated Student of the Year. In March he was named a Florida Coca-Cola New Century scholar. This followed his selection to the All-Florida First Academic Team.
Glover participated in community service projects by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Special Olympics and Relay for Life, just to name a few. Glover plans to study chemistry, economics and public policy in order to turn his passion for advocacy and helping the less fortunate into a lifelong career.
Danielle Price, Seminole Campus, is a May 2012 graduate. As a student in the Early College program, Price has succeeded academically and socially.
She is a recipient of the President’s List Award, a repeat recipient of the Mac J. Williams Academic Excellence Award and received the Pinellas All Star Class Cheerleading Allen Sports Center Academic Excellence Award, which she thinks proves that athletes also can be scholars. Price holds memberships in the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Spanish National Honor Society and the Ebony Scholars Academic Club.
She has served as Seminole Campus Student Government Senator, Rotaract Club Treasurer, National English Honor Society Historian and a member of the SPC Career Center Planning Team. Some of Price’s community service work includes volunteering with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House and serving as a jury member for the Pinellas County Teen Court.
Price’s goals include earning a degree in English Secondary Education and attending law school. She plans to pursue a career as a lawyer, law professor or judge.
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