More than 350 graduates of St. Petersburg College crossed the stage during the 131th Commencement Ceremony at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Saturday, July 23.
A total of 1,030 students earned 1,046 degrees from SPC this term, President Bill Law told the crowd of well-wishers. Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 72, with 15 graduates over the age of 60. Check out all the graduation stats.
With this graduating class, the college has awarded 156,574 degrees since the college was founded in 1927.
Among other milestones, since 1927 SPC celebrated the following:
- 122,737 associate degrees
- 9,906th baccalaureate graduate
- 2,406thbaccalaureate nursing graduate
- 1,071th baccalaureate elementary education teacher graduate
Sane Haidara, an international student from Timbuktu, Mali, address fellow graduates and guests.
“I encourage you, graduates of today, to use the skills and knowledge you learned at SPC to help your communities through civic engagement,” Haidara said. “By doing so, you will not only make a difference in the world but you will also feel a sense of great accomplishment.”
At St. Petersburg College, Haidara served as the vice president of SPC’s ICMA (City/County Management Association and received the 2016 Most Engaged International Student award. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa, the American and Arabic Cultural Association and served as the former president of the International Club. Haidara’s mother has traveled to St. Petersburg from their home in Mali to see her son graduate.
Also addressing guests, Darcy Warms, who is graduating with her Associate in Arts degree.
“SPC helped me academically and personally, faculty was always there for me,” said Warms. “We all fail sometimes, we are all humans. All we can do is grow from our mistakes.”