More than 1,200 students are expected to take part in St. Petersburg College’s spring commencement ceremony next month.
The event is set for Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m. at Tropicana Field. Of those graduating, 397 will receive baccalaureate degrees.
Graduation Day instructions
The Tropicana Field entrance is on 16th Street. Parking is free to faculty and staff who show their college ID to parking attendants.
Volunteers and marshals should arrive at 8 a.m., park in Lot 5 and enter through Lower Gate 6. Graduates should enter the field at Lower Gate 6. Honor graduates should arrive at 9 a.m. All other graduates must arrive by 9:15 a.m. Only platform guests for the ceremony should use Gate 4. Faculty who plan to march in the processional and sit on the field should enter through Gate 3. All others can enter the stadium through gates 3 and 5.
The ceremony is expected to last two hours.
More information is available on the college’s website.
Award finalists and outstanding alumnus
This year State Rep. Ed Hooper will be recognized as SPC’s Outstanding Alumnus. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he attended the college where his studies centered on firefighting and emergency medical services. In 1999, he was named Professional Firefighter of the Year. In 2006, he was elected to the Florida House of Representatives where he continues to serve today. Prior to his election to the Florida House of Representatives, he served as a Clearwater City Commissioner from 1996-2000.
Five outstanding SPC students have been selected as finalists for the annual Apollo Award, the highest honor a two-year graduate can achieve. Also selected are four finalists for the annual Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor for a four-year SPC graduate. The winner in each category will be named and honored at the ceremony.
Apollo Award finalists are:
Craig A. Corlis – A Seminole Campus student, he is a May 2013 graduate in Computer and Web Programming. He was president of Phi Theta Kappa and an executive board member of Student Government. He created and implemented the Peer Mentoring Program in the Seminole Learning Commons, which offers students help with computer issues and other problems that might be impeding their academic progress. Recently, he was named to the All Florida Academic Team.
Brandon Lee Fong – A Seminole Campus student, he is a May 2013 A.A. degree graduate. He participated in SPC’s Early College program allowing him to earn his college degree concurrently with his high school diploma. He was a member of the SPC Honors College and was published in META, the college’s interdisciplinary journal. He has more than 100 volunteer hours at All Children’s Hospital and additional volunteer hours at his church.
Grace Gryncewicz – A Tarpon Springs Campus student, she is a May 2013 A.A. degree graduate. She participated in SPC’s Early College program allowing her to earn her college degree concurrently with her high school diploma. She helped organize two clubs on the Tarpon Springs Campus: one for Early College students and another for all students needing assistance in finding classes and figuring out computer systems. She volunteers regularly at a therapeutic horseback riding organization.
Maria Ann Kelly – A St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus student, she is a May 2013 A.A. degree graduate. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, serving as Vice President of Service. She was named to the All Florida Academic Second Team and won the Steve Meier Award for Honors in Action. She is a writer who has won awards for stories and articles including the Carolyn Parker English Award and PTK’s Best Short Story Award. She is a volunteer tutor in the Writing Lab helping students with their writing assignments.
Maria Daniela Thurber – A St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus student, she is a May 2013 A.A. degree graduate. She was a member of Honors College, Phi Theta Kappa where she served as Vice President of Leadership, Student Government and the Hispanic Leadership Council. She was a member of SPC’s Model United Nations Team and represented the college at a national conference in Washington. She volunteers as a peer tutor in the Learning Support Commons and Writing Studio on her campus.
Alumni Achievement Award finalists are:
Sheryl H. Goff – A Seminole Campus student, she will receive a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and SPC’s Academic and Student Affairs Advisory Committee. She works as a volunteer with Planned Parenthood’s teen outreach programs hoping to instill self-confidence and a desire to get a good education.
Alexandra Param-Hansen – A St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus student, she will receive a B.S. degree in Education. She served as a tutor in the Ready-Set-Read program organized by the College of Education to help underprivileged children improve their reading skills. She volunteers as a mentor to teenage girls through Girls Inc. and is a Girl Scout leader. She also is a volunteer at her church.
Trinh Tuyet Mai Pham – A student at the EpiCenter, she will receive a bachelor’s degree in Business. She is a member of Sima Beta Delta, an honorary fraternity for business majors, and has participated in Women on the Way. She won second place in global competition for a business simulation project. She volunteers as a teacher in a Vietnamese church.
Elizabeth Van Scoyoc – A Tarpon Springs Campus student, she will receive a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Student Government, Honors College and the Golden Key Honor Society. She is a volunteer tutor at Tarpon Springs Elementary and the Citizens Alliance for Progress Center.
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