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St. Petersburg College will honor its top graduates and alumnus during commencement ceremonies May 7 at Tropicana Field. Courtney Kent was selected as the Apollo Award winner, the highest honor an associate degree graduate can achieve. Amy Bhatt will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve.

The Apollo Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards. It has been presented each year since 1966.

This year’s finalists are:

Kent

“As a benefactor of the institutional strengths promoting student development and success, 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. These experiences have equipped me with knowledge and confidence previously uncultivated that will continue to promote my will to succeed in all my future endeavors.”

Courtney Kent, Clearwater Campus, Winner

Mr. Kent is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. He 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. Mr. Kent has a 3.69 G.P.A. As a Pinellas County School Board Mentor, Mr. Kent mentored 4th and 5th grade students at Belleair Elementary School. He also was a 5th grade math and science classroom volunteer. He has volunteered for numerous community events, including: Step-Out 5k, Paint-Your-Heart-Out, Human Trafficking Awareness 5k, SVA Beach Clean-Up and Bellaire Elementary School Open House. Mr. Kent was a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and a volunteer with Alcoholics Anonymous: Tri-County. Mr. Kent received multiple Clearwater Campus Awards, including: Most Dedicated Student of the Year 2014, Student Veteran of Exceptional Character Award 2015, Faculty Governance Organization Award 2015 and Provost Leadership Award 2015. Clearwater Campus Associate Provost Matt Brown said: “Courtney is a student with passion, who constantly strives to do the right thing. He truly is one who puts the needs of others before his own.” 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.

Corraggio

“I have found myself growing academically at SPC. I have been more challenged than I have ever been in school, and that has helped me grow. Also, I have had time to learn about my personal interests and further confirm that I am on the correct career path, as well as prepare me for it. SPC has played a big part in my education. SPC is one of the best, if not the best, decisions I have ever made academically and personally.”

Sydnie Coraggio, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Coraggio is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She served as the Secretary for St. Petersburg/Gibbs Student Government Association and Student Ambassador for St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the National Honors Society. She was a coordinator for the National High School Ethics Bowl team. Ms. Coraggio has a 3.8 G.P.A. She volunteered at Bauder Elementary School, where she assisted teachers with lessons and tutored students. She also volunteered as an administrative assistant for St. Petersburg Collegiate High School. Ms. Coraggio received the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Service Award and Outstanding Junior of the Year Award. She also received the National Honor Society Top Junior Community Service Volunteer Chapter Award. St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Counselor Constance Boyle said: “When I think of Sydnie, I would describe her as bright, persistent, dedicated, honest and inquisitive.” Her goal is to attend the University of Florida and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with the ultimate goal of becoming an entertainment lawyer.

Polmann

“I must endure several years of college education to become a doctor. Yet, I am looking forward to the process as much as I am the end result. SPC has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in my bachelor’s degree.”

Michaela Polmann, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, Tarpon Springs Campus

Ms. Polmann is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She participated in the Tarpon Springs Campus Early College Club, Pinellas County 4-H and Phi Theta Kappa. Ms. Polmann served as the president of the Rotaract Club and was a member of the Dunedin High School National Honor Society. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. As president of Rotaract on the Tarpon Springs Campus, Ms. Polmann represented her club and SPC while participating in many events, including International Day, Veteran’s Day and Welcome Back Week. She mentored high school juniors and taught college success skills. Ms. Polmann volunteered at the Florida Hospital North Pinellas, where she assisted Medicare patients and case managers. She coordinated a campus-wide clothing drive for the Tarpon Springs Shepard Center. Ms. Polmann was recognized in the Mayor’s Showcase of Achievement and was a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Scholar. She won first place in the 2016 Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott’s Black History Month Essay Contest. Early College Program Academic Counselor Alice Hall said: “Michaela is the consummate student who takes joy in the learning process. She maintains the highest expectations for herself in every area of study and vigorously pursues fields of study that interest her both inside and outside of the classroom.” Her goal is to attend the University of Florida to become a registered Dietician, with the ultimate goal of obtaining an M.D. specialized in Internal Medicine.

Yanes

“I found incredible mentors here who taught me about the amazing resources and opportunities available. Through their assistance and example, they encouraged me to challenge myself, and gave me the tools necessary to meet those challenges. With those characteristics, SPC has set me on the road for success and showed me how to continue forging my path”

Iliana Yanes, St. Petersburg Collegiate High School, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Yanes is a 2016 A.A. degree graduate. She was the President of the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Student Government Association and Treasurer of SPC Gibbs Student Government Association. She participated in Phi Theta Kappa, the St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Ethics Bowl, Rotary Interact and was the winner of the 2015 SPC Great Debate. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. She regularly volunteered for the North Branch Community Library, Youth United for Global Awareness and Action and Community Tampa Bay. Through Community Tampa Bay, Ms. Yanes worked with an association dedicated to promoting equality and attended their Lobby Days in Tallahassee to advocate in support of a bill that would protect victims of human trafficking. Ms. Yanes received numerous awards, including the St.Petersburg Collegiate High School Service Award, Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, National Hispanic Recognition Award and the Vilma Fernandez-Zalupski Academic Excellence Award. St. Petersburg Collegiate High School Principal Starla Metz said: “I have known Iliana for the past three years as her principal and know her to be a dedicated scholar and compassionate leader who demonstrates a level of maturity and poise beyond her years.” Her goal is to pursue a baccalaureate degree and higher education while improving her community through advocating for human rights, education reform and equality.

Alumni Achievement Award Finalists

Four outstanding St. Petersburg College students have been selected as finalists for the annual Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor a bachelor’s graduate can achieve.

The Alumni Achievement Award is presented annually by the SPC Alumni Association. Winners are chosen for their outstanding leadership abilities, scholastic standing, community service, honors and awards.

This year’s finalists are:

Bhatt

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

Amy Bhatt Clearwater Campus, Winner

Ms. Bhatt will receive her B.A.S. degree in paralegal studies. She has a 4.0 G.P.A. Ms. Bhatt 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. Also, as Co-Chair of the SPC Pre-Law Committee, Ms. Bhatt organized an interactive visit to Stetson University College of Law for fellow students. She volunteered for the Teen Court Arbitration Program and mentored the Model United Nations Team at Countryside High School. Ms. Bhatt coordinated the annual Legal Clinic hosted by SPC’s Legal Studies Society that offers free legal advice to students. Ms. Bhatt received numerous awards, including: the SPC Alumni Association Apollo Award, the All-Florida Academic Award, the Dr. Theodore J. Mazzu Scholar of the Year Award and the Honors College Student of the Year Award. Interim Director for the SPC Honors Program Earl Fratus said: “Amy Bhatt is the type of extraordinary student who faculty only get the honor of interacting with a few times in their career.” Her goal is to earn her J.D. at Florida State University College of Law and then L.L.M degree from Harvard University College of Law. Her hope is to work her way up from Attorney to Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

Jenkins

“There have been many joys, memories, and also bumps in the road, but through it all the support I received from administrators and my professor was awe-inspiring.”

 

 

Sara Jenkins, Tarpon Spring Campus

Ms. Jenkins will receive a B.S. degree in education. She has a 3.5 G.P.A. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Secretary of SPC Student Government. She traveled to Costa Rica with the science department and became a member of the Florida Reading Association after attending the 2015 conference. Ms. Jenkins is an active volunteer with United Way and assists with day care at local churches. She also runs a basketball ministry in Port Richey with her husband. She was recognized on the President’s Honor List every semester while obtaining her bachelor’s degree. Calusa Elementary School ESE/Intervention Teacher said: “I believe that Sara will continue to grow and become an amazing educator. She has the intellect, passion and motivation to become an outstanding teacher.” Ms. Jenkins’ goal is to work with ESE children who are in need of an individualized education.

Kapili

“SPC has been instrumental in my success and I fully intend to be a part of theirs.”

Giny Kapili, St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus

Ms. Kapili will receive a B.A.S. degree in technology development and management. She has a 3.8 G.P.A. She participated in the inaugural Exploratory Lab Boot Camp and helped promote the program to other students both on campus and online. She also is a student member of the

SPC Workforce Council and Advisory Committee. Ms. Kapili volunteered with the Pinellas County School system, helping to enhance the reading skills of high school students. She also volunteered as a computer programming tutor on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus. She was recognized by the Oracle Certification Program as an Oracle Certified Associate, Java SE Programmer. She also was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from SPC for her service as a tutor. Learning Resources Team Leader Dr. Gail Lancaster said: “Giny is a very talented, selfless young woman. She is gifted in the area of computer programming and openly shares her gift with others.” Ms. Kapili’s goal is to be hired as a Systems Analyst Programmer I at the City of St. Petersburg and ultimately start an apprenticeship program for SPC students.

Tang

“My experience at SPC has instilled honorable values and has given me great opportunities to prepare me for my next steps.”

 

Miseanne (Nguyen) Tang, Clearwater Campus

Ms. Tang will receive a B.S. degree in biology. She has a 3.8 G.P.A. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, High Achiever’s Club and Tri Beta Biological Honors Society. She also participated in the Clearwater Campus Student Government Association. Ms. Tang volunteered as a Researcher at Bay Pines VA Medical Center and as a Receptionist at Homeless Emergency Project Dental Clinic that provides free dental care to the homeless through volunteer dentists. Through Junior Achievement, she taught a first-grade class about the meaning of community. She was awarded the Excellence in Writing award by the B.S. Biology faculty and was recognized on the President’s Honors List throughout her time at SPC. SPC Professor Dr. Katherine Siegler said: “I have rarely met an individual so focused on her final goal. She sees this as a tribute to her family and their struggles to provide her with every opportunity to success and obtain her goals.” Ms. Tang’s goal is to become a dentist and hopes to attend dental school next year.

 

Vigre

“New and flexible characteristics have become part of my learning devices that have helped push my passion and desire to succeed; while teaching others to strive and never give up on their dream as well.”

Robert Vigre, Caruth Health Education Center

Mr. Vigre will receive a B.A.S. in health services administration. He has a 3.5 G.P.A. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Golden Key International Honor Society. He participated in the inaugural Exploratory Lab Boot Camp and the Capstone Student Experience. Mr. Vigre volunteered at the Awana Kids Club and East Bay Rehabilitation, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility. He received a scholarship from St. Petersburg College Foundation as well as the Nadine and Dan Carlisle “New Life” Education Scholarship. Lakeside Community Chapel Pastor Ben Kreloff said: “Rob Vigre is a hardworking, devoted husband, giving of his time to serve those around him.” Mr. Vigre’s goal is to obtain a master’s degree and become a servant leader, helping co-workers succeed and lead in their respective industry.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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