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Approximately 1,400 of St. Petersburg College’s 1,982 Spring 2017 graduates participated in the college’s 133rd commencement ceremony on May 13 at Tropicana Field.

Spring 2017 Graduation

SPC President Bill Law welcomed guests and celebrated the accomplishments of the many students who were graduating with honors.

“Today we congratulate the students and families who have persevered to the graduation milestone,” Law said.

The Honorable George W. Greer was honored as the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus. Greer, a 1962 graduate of what was then St. Petersburg Junior College, served as a Circuit Court judge for 18 years before his retirement in 2010.

The youngest graduate was 17 years old, the oldest was 68 years old and 15 graduates were over the age of 60. Four graduates were also celebrating their birthdays. Sixty-eight percent of the graduates were female.

St. Petersburg College has awarded 162,262 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

This spring, SPC awarded:

  • 1,014 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 404 Associate in Science degrees
  • 215 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 268 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 81 certifications

Theodore E. Martin, Jr., winner of the 2016-17 Apollo Award, and Alexis Gagliardotto, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, addressed their fellow graduates and guests.

Martin served as the Student Government Association Representative for Phi Theta Kappa and was also an active member of Men Achieving Excellence and the SPC Health and Fitness Club. Martin, who plans to continue his education wants to become an astronaut, received an associate degree in Engineering and currently has a 3.35 G.P.A.

“I know at 28 I’m off to a late start, but if the dream can still live in me, think of how many people I can inspire along the way,” Martin said.

Gagliardotto graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics and currently has a 4.0 G.P.A. She was the president of the SPC Orthotic and Prosthetic Student Society and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society. Ms. Gagliardotto also was St. Petersburg College’s Honors College Ambassador for the Tarpon Springs campus and Early College Club Historian.

“SPC has been the training ground where I discovered my purpose in life and built the foundation of my career. Upon that foundation, I will continue to construct my future,” Gagliardotto said.

Gagliardotto thanked the faculty that helped her reach her goal.

“My professors were my ultimate mentors, wise and sage in their ways,” she said.

See more from graduation on the college’s Facebook page and on Tagboard.

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SPC Spring 2017 GraduationSt. Petersburg College will hold its 133rd commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13 at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg College. Approximately 1,200 of the 1,982 spring graduates are expected to participate.

At the ceremony, the Honorable George W. Greer will be honored as the 2017 Outstanding Alumnus.

The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 15 graduates are over the age of 60. Sixty-eight percent of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 162,262 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC will award:

  • 1,014 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 404 Associate in Science degrees
  • 215 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 268 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 81 certifications

Theodore E. Martin, Jr., winner of the 2016-17 Apollo Award, and Alexis Gagliardotto, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, will address their fellow graduates and guests.

Martin served as the Student Government Association Representative for Phi Theta Kappa and was also an active member of Men Achieving Excellence and the SPC Health and Fitness Club. Mr. Martin will receive an Associate degree in Engineering and currently has a 3.35 G.P.A.

“I know at 28 I’m off to a late start, but if the dream can still live in me, think of how many people I can inspire along the way,” Martin said.

Gagliardotto will graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Orthotics and Prosthetics and currently has a 4.0 G.P.A. She is the president of the SPC Orthotic and Prosthetic Student Society and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, as well as the Golden Key International Honor Society. Ms. Gagliardotto also was St. Petersburg College’s Honors College Ambassador for the Tarpon Springs campus and Early College Club Historian.

“SPC has been the training ground where I discovered my purpose in life and built the foundation of my career. Upon that foundation, I will continue to construct my future,” Gagliardotto said.

Graduating or know a graduate? Share your excitement and congratulations on social media with the college’s graduation graphics!

Spring 2017 By The Numbers

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Approximately 700 of St. Petersburg College’s 1,778 fall graduates crossed the stage at the two graduation ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.

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SPC President Bill Law welcomed guests and celebrated the accomplishments of the many students who were graduating with honors.

“The graduation ceremony is a time to honor you – the graduates – as well as a time to honor those who have helped make this college the great institution it is today,” Law said.

This term’s youngest graduate is 17 years old and the oldest is 68 years old. Seventeen graduates were over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates were female.

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Lindsey Velde and Samantha Spoto addressed fellow graduates and guests during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Velde earned an Associate in Arts degree and Spoto earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Jacob Thompson and Tara Hunter-Dexter addressed fellow graduates and guests during the 1 p.m. ceremony. Thompson is a dual enrollment student who earned an Associate in Science degree in Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design. Dexter earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration.

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Thompson was the Web Arts and Visual Media (WAVE) Club president and managed many student video projects during his college career.

“I have given this a lot of thought and I’ve come to the conclusion that the entire point of college isn’t to teach us things to think about, but to instruct us on how to think about things,” Thompson said.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College has awarded 158,775 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

At the 132nd commencement, SPC awarded:

  • 800 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 370 Associate in Science degrees
  • 237 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 314 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 85 certifications

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Hunter-Dexter gave a moving speech that highlighted her triumphs through serious life challenges, including a stint of homelessness and the death of her mother.

“Throughout my academic career I’ve had some of the most motivating and compassionate instructors here at SPC and for that I am grateful. I’m also grateful for the (SPC) Foundation scholarships that were awarded to me during my time here at St. Petersburg College,” she said. “St. Petersburg College gave me the opportunity, in the midst of my adversity, and afforded me the tools and support needed to succeed. I’m proud to stand before you as a SPC graduate and a graduate of the Health Services Administration program.”

See photos and updates from commencement on the college’s Facebook page or at #spcgrad.

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summer16_spotlightSt. Petersburg College will hold its 132nd commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Approximately 700 of the 1,778 fall graduates are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 17 graduates are over the age of 60. Sixty-seven percent of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 158,775 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC will award:

  • 800 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 370 Associate in Science degrees
  • 237 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 314 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 85 certifications

fall-2016-graduation-infographicLindsey Velde and Samantha Spoto will address fellow graduates and guests during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Velde will earn an Associate in Arts and Spoto a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.

Jacob Thompson and Tara Hunter-Dexter will address fellow graduates and guests during the 1 p.m. ceremony. Thompson is a dual enrollment student who’s earning an Associate in Science in Digital Arts, Media and Interactive Web Design. Dexter will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration

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13147386_10154746438393368_2342000347513504570_oMore than 1,200 graduates of St. Petersburg College crossed the stage during the 130th Commencement Ceremony at Tropicana Field on Saturday, May 7.

A total of 2,746 students earned 2,887 degrees from SPC this term, President Bill Law told the crowd of well-wishers. Graduates ranged in age from 16 to 75, with 28 graduates over the age of 60. Two of the graduates were celebrating the momentous occasion on their birthdays. Check out all the graduation stats.

With this graduating class, the college has awarded 154,693 degrees since the college was founded in 1927.

Among other milestones, SPC celebrated the following:

  • 10,413th student to earn an Associate in Science degree in nursing
  • 9,792th baccalaureate graduate
  • 2,390th baccalaureate nursing graduate
  • 1,065th baccalaureate elementary education teacher graduate

Before diplomas were handed out, the college’s Apollo and Alumni Achievement award winners addressed fellow students and guests.

Clearwater Campus student Courtney Kent received the Apollo Award, the highest honor a two-year graduate can achieve. Clearwater Campus student Amy Bhatt was named the Alumni Achievement Award winner, bringing home the highest honor for a four-year SPC graduate.

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Kent served as president of the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association and was St. Petersburg College’s first Financial Assistance Services Peer-Advisor. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa and is a Student National Education Association member. Kent has a 3.69 G.P.A.

“St. Petersburg College is a community within a community,” said Kent. “And unlike some communities who build walls of exclusion… We build relationships that encourage, promote and enhance the benefits of inclusion.”

His goals are to graduate from SPC with a B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership and obtain a budgeted position within the education community of Pinellas County.

Bhatt graduates with a B.A.S. degree in paralegal studies with a 4.0 GPA and was SPC’s 2015 Alumni Association Apollo Award winner. During her time at SPC, she served as Vice President of the SPC Legal Studies Society, President of the Honors College Student Consortium, a National Model United Nations Delegate, an Acting Representative for the Florida Model Legislator and a Member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. Also, as Co-Chair of the SPC Pre-Law Committee.

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“I am convinced that our great visionary executives and wonderful professors, have made St. Petersburg College a great college,” said Bhatt. “My professors supported and guided me. They inspired me to boldly go where no student had gone before!”

Also honored at the ceremony was SPC’s 2016 Outstanding Alumnus, United States Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis (R). Representative Bilirakis attended St. Petersburg Junior College before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and a J.D. from Stetson University in 1989.

He was first elected to Congress on November 7, 2006, and is currently serving his fifth term representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Bilirakis remains deeply connected to SPC, where he has an office on the Tarpon Springs campus – he teaches government classes at the college.

See more photos from the event on the college’s Facebook page or look at the event Tagboard with posts and pictures from the graduations and their family and friends.

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Tassel-FB504St. Petersburg College’s 130th graduation would not be complete without extraordinary students with family ties.

After completing 20 years of service in the Navy, Guy Critelli’s daughter, Anjanette, challenged him to complete his B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership degree alongside her, as she earned her high school diploma and her A.A. from St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

“I couldn’t pass up the challenge and her motivation to motivate me,” said Critelli.

This Saturday, father and daughter will walk across the stage together.

The perfect Mother’s Day gift

 

Just in time for Mother’s Day, two SPC graduates will complete major milestones with their daughters, both students of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School.

Diane Sanchez, a bachelor’s in Business Management graduate and proud mother, graduates with daughter Daniella, a senior at St. Petersburg Collegiate, who will also be receiving her high school diploma and A.A. degree.

“I do think it is good for our children to see us take classes, see how to study, how difficult it is as an adult, and to make a commitment and follow through with a goal,” said Diane Sanchez.

Also, SPCHS graduate Crystal Harvey and mom Marie Rogers will be sharing the stage. Rogers will receive a B.A.S. in Management and Organizational Leadership and plans to open her own business.

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SPC’s 130th graduation is a great momentous occasion to celebrate perseverance and dedication. Join the celebration by congratulation the 2016 graduating class on social media using #SPCGrad. Visit here for more details.

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Congrats-FB504St. Petersburg College will mark its 130th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7 at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Approximately, 1,200 of the 2,746 Spring 2016 graduates are expected to participate. View graduation info graphic.

At the ceremony, St. Petersburg College will honor U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12), who also teaches government courses at SPC, as its 2016 Outstanding Alumnus.

The youngest graduate is 16 years old and the oldest is 75 years old. More than two-thirds of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 154,693 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

Since 1927, SPC has awarded:

  • 10,413 Associate in Science degrees in nursing
  • 9,792 baccalaureate degrees
  • 2,390 baccalaureate nursing degrees
  • 1,065 baccalaureate elementary education teacher degrees

Courtney Kent, winner of the 2015-16 Apollo Award, and Amy Bhatt, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, will address their fellow graduates and guests.

Kent served as president of the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association and was St. Petersburg College’s first Financial Assistance Services Peer-Advisor. He participated in Phi Theta Kappa and is a Student National Education Association member. Kent has a 3.69 G.P.A.

“The student centered pedagogy of SPC was fundamental in assisting me to overcoming my own shortcomings to excel as a husband, a student, an employee, and a leader in our community,” Kent said.

Bhatt has a 4.0 G.P.A. She is vice president of the SPC Legal Studies Society, president of the Honors College Student Consortium, a National Model United Nations delegate, an acting representative for the Florida Model legislator and a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.

Bhatt, who will graduate with a B.A.S. degree in paralegal studies, touted the active learning opportunities provided by professors with real-world experience that shaped her education at SPC.

“I am an embodiment of SPC’s mission of ‘Student success through education, career development, and self-discovery,” Bhatt said.

SPC’s 2012 Student of the Year and domestic violence survivor, Melissa Dohme, will be graduating with her Bachelor’s of Applied Science in business management and organizational leadership. In January of 2012, Dohme was brutally attacked by an ex-boyfriend who attempted to take her life.

“After the attack, I was told I wouldn’t do well in school, but they didn’t know me,” said Dohme, who previously graduated from SPC with an associate degree. “Everything in my life is falling into place and SPC has been there all the way!”

The cost for parking in Lots 1-7 is approximately $10. Disabled parking will be available in Lots 1, 6 and 7, and a drop-off circle is available by Gate 5 along 16th Street South. Guests can enter through Gates 3, 4 and 5.

 

 

 

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