USF Sarasota-Manatee to Hold Fall Commencement on Sunday, December 12

On Sunday, December 12, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will confer degrees upon 247 students.  Almost 3,000 people are expected to attend the Fall 2010 commencement ceremony, which will take place at the Manatee Civic and Convention Center in Palmetto at 2:00 p.m. USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft will preside over the ceremony.

This Fall, 27 master’s degree candidates will receive graduate degrees and nineteen percent of the graduating class will graduate with academic honors.  USF Sarasota-Manatee offers degrees in business, education, accounting, finance, marketing, criminology, information technology, history, interdisciplinary social sciences, psychology, nursing, hospitality management and more.

Special honorees at the ceremony include:

Keynote Speaker — USF alum Anne Weintraub, partner at Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. With a devotion to giving back to the community, Ms. Weintraub serves as president of the Sarasota County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, a member on the Board of Overseers of Stetson University College of Law, and as a member of the corporate board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota.  She answers questions from viewers on an array of real property topics as a weekly contributor on the local ABC news channel, WWSB TV.

Outstanding Professor Award — Dr. Jennifer Menon Mariano, Assistant Professor at USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education.  Honorees for the Outstanding Professor Award at USF Sarasota-Manatee share a sincere involvement with their students, passion for the university and its mission, and a commitment to excellence through education.   Dr. Mariano’s primary research involves the study of positive youth development, youth purpose and contribution, youth civic engagement, adolescent spirituality, and the transition to adulthood among youth from all backgrounds.

King O’Neal Scholars (perfect 4.0 GPA) — Jessica Sattani and Joann Wells, both of USF Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Education.  A tradition since 1988, the King O’Neal award denotes a student who has maintained a 4.0 grade point average and is given each semester by the Alumni Association in honor of charter graduates Lucas King and Evelyn O’Neal.

Golden Bull AwardAlyssa Anderson, College of Business and College of Education.  The Golden Bull Award is presented by the Student Government Organization to a student who has shown excellence in leadership activities, community involvement, university involvement and academic success.  Alyssa will graduate USFSM with two Bachelor of Science degrees from two separate USFSM colleges, one in Business Management and the other in Elementary Education.

The Outstanding Graduate AwardAlyssa Anderson, who has served as both the president and vice president of the Student Government Association.  The Outstanding Senior Award is sponsored by the Alumni Association to recognize one graduating senior each semester that has demonstrated exceptional achievements in the following:  leadership, community service, work experience and school spirit.  The Outstanding Graduate must have at least a 3.5 GPA and must receive two letters of recommendation to be considered for this award.

The Fall 2010 graduates of USF Sarasota-Manatee represent traditional and non-traditional students. Among non-traditional students, many of this year’s graduates worked full-time while attending school — balancing family, work and school responsibilities.

For more information regarding the USF Sarasota-Manatee fall commencement ceremony, please contact Michael Ayres at (941) 359-4632.