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Hundreds of people became St. Petersburg College’s newest alumni after graduating in the college’s 135th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 9.

More than 1,500 graduates earned degrees and certificates this fall term at SPC. Among the top awards were bachelor’s degrees in nursing, management and organizational leadership, and business administration. In addition, the college awarded more than 600 associate degrees.

Photo of SPC President Tonjua Williams and Fall 2017 graduates

“Today, we congratulate our students and their families who have persevered to the graduation milestone,” SPC President Tonjua Williams said to the crowd. “You inspire us with your determination. Today we celebrate your accomplishments.”

Graduates share their stories

Four student speakers addressed their fellow graduates and relatives with messages of perseverance, courage, and hope that drew cheers from their audiences.

Jay Patrick came to SPC as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Graduating with a perfect GPA and an Associate in Arts degree, Patrick talked to those attending the morning graduation ceremony about the camaraderie he found with other students very different from himself and the strength he found in that diversity.

“I learned more about honor then I ever could have imagined from fellow students who stood by me through all the struggles college life would ever have to offer. I learned more about courage then I ever thought possible from the visually impaired student who took on any assignment or challenge with more devotion then I could ever muster. Last but not least I learned the true meaning of commitment from the single mother, who despite working full time, would show up to classes with the hope of bettering the future for her and her child,” Patrick said. “Individuals brought together from all walks of life can accomplish anything. Their diversity is their strength and not their weakness. So today graduates remember, that while we may all look different and maybe even talk different, today we are all wearing the same shade of blue.”

Women on the Way member Rekeytah Hassan received her bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Leadership. “Be courageous while pursuing your dreams, and do not let anyone or any circumstance or any perceived disadvantage get in your way!” said Hassan, a single mother of three girls who she thanked for their love and support. “They have been involved with me every step of they way and have attended many late night and weekend study sessions with my teammates and I. They are the reason why I made this commitment and challenged myself to see it through.

“My story is testament that nothing is more powerful than a made up mind,” she said. “Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not something to be waited for but rather something to be achieved.”

At the afternoon ceremony, graduate Antoine Sullivan said becoming a college student helped him to achieve his dream to become successful. And the assistance he found at SPC allowed him to realize his goals. Awarded his associate’s degree, he served as president of the college’s Men Achieving Excellence program and as a member of student government.

“Many of us believed we were not smart enough to succeed in college or may have been told that we would never graduate or earn a degree. However, with the love, support, and opportunity presented here at St. Petersburg College, we are graduating today,” Sullivan said. “The truth is, to become a successful student, you must be willing to sacrifice the now for the future. St. Petersburg College has given a small town kid a chance to become a success story.”

The day’s last speaker, graduate Michele Marks, shared the story of her 4-year-old son, who was diagnosed with autism. Marks, awarded her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology, said she focused intensely on making sure he would succeed, through consultations with doctors and specialists, a plan for his progress, and the support of her family.

“As I reflected on my graduation, I realized that there was correlation between my success completing my bachelor’s and Jacob’s. In both instances, it required determination, participation, flexibility, a plan, and support,” Marks said. “So, fall Class of 2017, congratulations again on completing this educational milestone. Remember that you can do it again. If you choose to, you can challenge yourselves further and continue your education. Or you can do something different, something that challenges you in a completely separate way. It doesn’t matter what you choose because, once you believe in your success, the possibilities are endless.”

Graduation by the numbers

At Saturday’s ceremony, the youngest graduate was 17 years old, the oldest was 72 years old and 13 graduates were over the age of 60. Fifty-six percent of the graduates were female.

With this graduating class, SPC has awarded 166,174 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

See more photos from the morning and afternoon ceremonies on the college’s Facebook page.

 

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St. Petersburg College will hold its 135th commencement ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

The youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 72 years old and 13 graduates are over the age of 60. Fifty-six percent of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 166,174 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC will award:

  • 622 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 300 Associate in Science degrees
  • 283 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 262 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 68 certifications

Rekeytah Hassan and Jay Patrick will address fellow graduates and guests during the 9:30 a.m. ceremony. Hassan will earn a Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Project Management. Patrick will earn an Associate in Arts.

Michele Marks and Antione Sullivan will address fellow graduates and guests during the 1 p.m. ceremony. Marks will earn a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology Practice Management and Sullivan Associate in Arts in Education.

Infographic for SPC's Fall 2017 commencement statistics

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St. Petersburg College held its 134th commencement ceremony on Saturday, July 22 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks in Largo.

SPC Summer 2017 Graduation

SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams celebrated the graduates’ achievements, thanked faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees for the support and care they’ve shown students, and shared in the applause as the new alumni showed gratitude to their families and friends. Williams thanked the students for choosing SPC to pursue their education.

“We were privileged to serve you,” she said.

President Williams also had a special message to share with the new graduates.

“St. Petersburg College is a special place where opportunities are endless, hope is never deferred and dreams come true,” she said.

At Saturday’s ceremony, the youngest graduate was 18 years old, the oldest was 68 years old and 10 graduates were over the age of 60. Fifty-eight percent of the graduates were female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College has awarded 164,366 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC awarded:

  • 611 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 150 Associate in Science degrees
  • 61 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 20 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 175 certifications

Ann Donald and Karen Sanford addressed their fellow graduates and guests. Donald earned a bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Community Leadership and Sanford earned an Associate in Science in Veterinary Technology. Both speakers shared inspiring messages with their fellow classmates in the Class of 2017.

“Take with you today a sense of pride in your accomplishment, and be optimistic at all of the prospects the future brings,” Sanford said. “If you should stumble and lose your way, remember it is okay to make mistakes. Be willing to make the difficult choices and have the resolve to accept challenges as they arise, but above all, be a student of life, and seize opportunity when it presents itself. You, too, may just find your happiness along the way.”

“As we embark on our exciting next steps in our lives, remember, when the road gets tough I encourage you to draw on your strengths that helped propel you to get here today,” Donald said.

SPC Summer 2017 Graduation

Ann Donald

Donald said it took her 10 years to graduate, as she was raising a child and working full time.

“I leave you with three things. One, do not be afraid of failure. Failures are the stepping stones to success. What’s important is picking yourself back up, and learning from them,” Donald said. “Second, reach back and help another student or potential student. Tell them your story. It only takes one person to change another person’s life. And finally, as you pursue your future goals surround yourself with positive people, people who lift you up, keep you grounded and push you to never stop achieving your dreams.”

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St. Petersburg College will hold its 134th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22 at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

The youngest graduate is 18 years old, the oldest is 68 years old and 10 graduates are over the age of 60. Fifty-eight percent of the graduates are female.

With this graduating class, St. Petersburg College will have awarded 164,366 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.

SPC will award:

  • 611 Associate in Arts degrees
  • 150 Associate in Science degrees
  • 61 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 20 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 175 certifications

Ann Donald and Karen Sanford will address fellow graduates and guests. Donald will earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Educational Studies and Community Leadership. Sanford will earn an Associates of Science.

Summer 2017 Graduation By-The-Numbers

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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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