St. Petersburg College will celebrate its 128th commencement ceremony at Saturday, July 25. About 440 of the 1,085 Summer 2015 graduates are expected to participate in the 10 a.m. event that will be held at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
With this graduating class, SPC will have awarded 148,615 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927. Learn more about our Summer 2015 grads.
The ceremony is expected to last about an hour. Ernest Gant and Michael Nash will address their fellow graduates and graduation guests.
Ernest Gant, Associate in Arts, Business
Ernest Gant was awarded the 2014 Student Life and Leadership Award for his work with SPC’s Men Achieving Excellence (MAX) Club and his numerous volunteer efforts. He was also active in Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa and was recently hired as the Outreach Specialist for SPC’s Downtown and Midtown campuses.
“Ernest studies hard to maintain his high grade point average, all while participating in various leaderships roles,” said Keron Jean-Baptiste, Associate Provost of SPC’s St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. “He volunteers as a tutor and mentored young students at the local Boys and Girls Club. He has also volunteered for the Edible Peace Patch, Habitat for Humanity and the Relay for Life.”
Michael Nash, Bachelor of Applied Science, Technology Development and Management
Michael Nash worked in the Learning Support Centers on Tarpon Springs and Clearwater Campus and was hired fulltime by Library Services in 2014.
His perseverance in his work with other students and his studies and his commitment to care for his family during challenging times make him a model for others.
“His work in the Learning Support Commons and his overwhelming dedication to SPC student success has been remarkable,” said Sharon Setterlind, Dean of SPC’s College of Computer and Information Technology. “Time after time he has assisted students in out-of-classroom support in the technology field where the subject matter has been in many cases difficult for students to learn.”
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