The ceremony, the 118th in the college’s history, was held May 8 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Check out our Facebook gallery.
Among the highlights:
- Helen Krauss Leslie was honored as the college’s Outstanding Alumna. Leslie enrolled in St. Petersburg Junior College in 1940, where she was the only female in her Mechanical Drawing class. Since then, she has been an advocate for the college and for women. This is the 31st time in its 85-year history that the college has bestowed the Outstanding Alumni award.
- Alistair Glover won the Apollo Award, the highest honor an associate degree graduate can receive. He has received many awards, including USA Today’s 2012 All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Florida’s 2012 Coca-Cola New Century Scholar award.
- Board of Trustee member Ken Burke, whose term has ended, was recognized for his long service to the college.
- While about 1,200 participated in the ceremony, a total of 2,322 earned a certificate or degree from the college this spring.
- Of those, 204 received more than one credential.
- 102 were between the ages of 51 and 60.
- Two were older than 70.
- The oldest graduate was 74.
- Among the associate degree graduates were 70 members of the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Class of 2012.
- For every two male graduates, there were three female graduates.
- President Bill Law recognized the 33 college faculty and staff members who are retiring this year, noting their combined service of 720 years.
- Christopher Grissett, one of the first to receive a bachelor’s degree in Biology from SPC, was the student speaker.