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St. Petersburg College celebrated the milestone of graduating its 150,000th student on Saturday, Dec. 12 in two fall commencement ceremonies at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.

“Our first graduating class, in 1929, had a total of 48 graduates,” said St. Petersburg College President William D. Law Jr., in addressing the graduates. “Today, we celebrate the momentous occasion of our 150,000th graduate. This is a milestone that will not soon be forgotten, and all of you will always hold a special place in the history of SPC as a part of this graduating class.”

During the ceremonies, attendees got to watch videos of six graduates who represent the diversity of SPC alumni and students. The videos were part of a campaign SPC launched to honor current graduates and past alumni who have helped shape the college over the years. The college encourages well wishers, graduates and alumni to visit www.spcollege.edu/wearespc and use #WeAreSPC on social media accounts.

“All of you represent our 150,000th graduate,” Law said. “It is exactly our diversity – of age and gender, of ethnicity, race and religion – that makes SPC the wonderful institution it is.”

SPC’s students “represent single mothers and military veterans … immigrants and grandmothers … students who have overcome adversity … students straight out of high school … and students who returned to their education later in life. They come from various backgrounds and academic programs, but they all share a common dream: to earn their college degree.”

About 820 of the Fall semester’s 1,982 graduates participated in Fall commencement. Of the 2,258 degrees and certificates being conferred this fall:

  • 1,450 are associate degrees
  • 496 are bachelor’s degrees
  • 312 are certificates and advanced diplomas.

This fall’s youngest graduate is 17; the oldest is 79. There are 21 graduates over the age of 60. More than 200 students will earn more than one degree or certificate. See all our graduation statistics.

 

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#WeAreSPCAt St. Petersburg College’s 129th commencement on Saturday, Dec. 12, the college will mark the milestone of graduating its 150,000th student.

Commencements will take place in two ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Each ceremony is expected to last about one and a half hours and about 822 of this semester’s 1,982 graduates are expected to participate.

To celebrate the momentous occasion of meeting – and surpassing – 150,000 graduates, SPC recently launched a campaign honoring current graduates and past alumni who have helped shape the college over the years. A special video will be shown at each ceremony, featuring members of the graduating class who showcase the diversity of SPC students.

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SPC invites the community to learn about some of our December 2015 graduates and our notable alumni, and share how SPC has influenced them by visiting www.spcollege.edu/wearespc and using #WeAreSPC on social media accounts.

Of the 2,258 degrees and certificates being conferred this fall:

  • 1,450 are associate degrees
  • 496 are bachelor’s degrees
  • 312 are certificates and advanced diplomas.

This fall’s youngest graduate is 17; the oldest is 79. There are 21 graduates over the age of 60. More than 200 students will earn more than one degree or certificate. See all our graduation statistics.

Follow our social media posts, catch live streams of the ceremonies, and learn about graduation day instructions for students on our dedicated graduation page.

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#WeAreSPCFor nearly 90 years, St. Petersburg College has offered educational opportunities that change lives and impact the Tampa Bay area. At SPC’s 129th commencement on Dec. 12, the college will mark the milestone of graduating its 150,000th student.

Students, alumni, community partners – help us celebrate this momentous occasion by participating in the college’s campaign to honor SPC alumni and graduates who have helped shape the college over the years.

Spread the word and share your own story today on social media by adding the hashtag #WeAreSPC to your posts and tweets on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Need inspiration?

Start by learning about some of our December graduates and notable alumni on the WeAreSPC landing page. View videos of our amazing graduates – and be prepared to be inspired. Become a part of our story by sharing yours.

 

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More than 400 graduates of St. Petersburg College crossed the stage during the 128th Commencement Ceremony at Indian Rocks Baptist Church on Saturday, July 25.

A total of 1,085 students earned 1,234 degrees this term, SPC President Bill Law told the crowd of graduates and well-wishers.

“You inspire us with your determination, and we celebrate your accomplishments,” Law said.

Graduates ranged in age from 17 to 72, with 12 graduates over the age of 60.

Of the summer graduates, 61 percent were female and 39 percent were male. Check out all the graduation stats. With this graduating class, the college has awarded 148,615 degrees since the college was founded in 1927. Before, during and after the ceremony, tweets, photos and videos were shared on social media.

Before diplomas were handed out, graduates Ernest Gant and Michael Nash addressed fellow students and guests.

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SPC Summer 2015 graduation speakers Ernest Gant and Michael Nash, with SPC President Bill Law

Ernest Gant, Associate in Arts, Business

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 centers.

Gant said he got his second chance at success by attending St. Petersburg College. Once a high school dropout, he graduated Saturday with a 3.9 grade point average and now plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree – at SPC.

“I want you to remember – I was a high school dropout with no plan. I could have gone the wrong way,” Gant said. “However, the team at SPC has helped me understand what Dr. Martin Luther King said: ‘Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.'”

Michael Nash, Bachelor of Applied Science, Technology Development and Management

Nash worked in the Learning Support Centers at the Tarpon Springs and Clearwater campuses and was hired as a full-time employee 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.

Nash acknowledged that many graduates, himself included, had to overcome obstacles to earn their college degree.

“You’re here because you were willing to sacrifice all that you were – for what you wanted to become,” Nash said.

President Law thanked the faculty, staff and administrators, as well as the families and friends who helped the graduates achieve their goal.

He also showed his appreciation to the students, who are the heart and soul of SPC.

“Graduates, thank you for choosing this college.” Law said. “We were privileged to serve you.”

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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.

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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.”

Graduates and guests can check our instructions page for the big day. You can also catch a live stream of the ceremony.

Connect with our graduates
Use our social media images to share your well wishes and be sure to use #spcgrad to tweet your congratulations so it shows up on our social Tagboard and on the display in the auditorium the day of the big event.

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GradPhotoMore than 1,200 graduates of St. Petersburg College crossed the stage during the 127th Commencement Ceremony at Tropicana Field on Saturday, May 16.

A total of 2,922 students earned 3,307 degrees from SPC this term, President Bill Law told the crowd of well-wishers. Graduates ranged in age from 16 to 76, with 31 graduates over the age of 60. Thirteen of the graduates received their diplomas on their birthdays. Check out all the graduation stats.

The Class of 2015 also includes the youngest student ever to receive a bachelor’s degree from St. Petersburg College, 18-year-old Richard Ramdohr, of St. Petersburg.

With this graduating class, the college has awarded 147,381 degrees since the college was founded in 1927.

Among other milestones, SPC celebrated the following:

  • 10,000th student to earn an Associate in Science degree in nursing
  • 8,000th baccalaureate graduate
  • 2,000th baccalaureate nursing graduate
  • 1,000th baccalaureate elementary education teacher graduate
  • The largest group ever of A.A. and A.S. degree students in one term, with 2,286

Inside and out, hundreds of tweets, photos and videos were shared on social media.

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

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

Bhatt was a member of the Early College Program and graduated with her A.A. degree and a 4.0 GPA.

“In my two years at SPC, I found that this is a great place to learn and develop our ‘academic intelligence.’ But even beyond that, the interaction with faculty and students is phenomenal for developing our ‘practical intelligence’ in dealing with people and working as a team. And I quickly realized that in order to succeed, we need both – academic and practical intelligence. In just two years, I got so much from SPC, that I feel I will never be able to pay it back.”

Bhatt plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies at SPC and would like to attend Stetson University’s College of Law and pursue her ultimate dream of serving on the Supreme Court. Professors at St. Petersburg College inspired students “to succeed every single day,” Bhatt said.

Lenas graduates with a B.S. degree in biology with a 3.65 GPA and is one of six students in the country to be accepted into Bayfront Health’s School of Medical Technology Laboratory Science program. During his time at SPC, Lenas presented research in microbiology at the American Society of Microbiology Summit in 2014 and was named a Biological Research Nominee, an award given to biology program students who complete outstanding research in the field.

“My experience tells me that my education as an SPC student, as well as yours, make us stand out,” Lenas said. “SPC is doing something right because it is producing competitive applicants for a number of careers.”

Lenas touted the college’s “small class sizes, where every instructor knew my name,”

Also honored at the ceremony was SPC’s 2015 Outstanding Alumnus, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway. Chief Holloway attended St. Petersburg Junior College in 1996 before transferring to Eckerd College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management in 1999 and his master’s degree in business administration in 2001.

During his 22-year career with the Clearwater Police Department, Holloway became the city’s first black police captain and eventually its chief in 2010. He was named chief of the St. Petersburg Police Department in 2014.

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See all our graduation numbersSt. Petersburg College will celebrate its 127th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 16 at Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. About 1,200 of the 2,922 Spring 2015 graduates are expected to participate.

The youngest graduate is 16 years old and the oldest is 76 years old. The Class of 2015 also includes the youngest student ever to receive a bachelor’s degree from St. Petersburg College, 18-year-old Richard Ramdohr, of St. Petersburg.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 147,381 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

Among other milestones, SPC will celebrate the following:

  • 10,000th student to earn an Associate in Science degree in nursing
  • 8,000th baccalaureate graduate
  • 2,000th baccalaureate nursing graduate
  • 1,000th baccalaureate elementary education teacher graduate
  • The largest group ever of A.A. and A.S. degree students in one term, with 2,286

See all the graduation numbers for Spring 2015.

Amy Bhatt, winner of the 2014-15 Apollo Award, and James Stanley Lenas, recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award, will address their fellow graduates and guests.

“Education is not just the knowledge received in class,” said Bhatt, who has earned an Associate in Art degree. “While I acquired my academic intelligence from my courses, much of the practical intelligence I gained came from extracurricular activities at SPC.”

Lenas, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, touted the active learning opportunities provided by professors with real-world experience that shaped his education at SPC.

“I learned about science from SPC professionals who have been in the research and clinical field. I was a part of a group that gave me the chance to practice science outside the classroom in a relaxed, educational environment,” Lenas said. “I am not only proud to be an SPC graduate, but one who represents the school thereafter.”

St. Petersburg College also will honor St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway as its 2015 Outstanding Alumnus.

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.

Connect with our graduates
Use our social media images to share your well wishes and be sure to use #spcgrad to tweet your congratulations so it shows up on our Social Tagboard and on the Jumbotron at Tropicana Field the day of the big event.

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