USF Sarasota-Manatee summer graduation set for Saturday

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SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee will participate in USF Tampa’s summer 2015 commencement exercise set for Saturday.

The USF System Commencement Ceremony hosts graduates from all three USF campuses: USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The first commencement event will kick off at 9 a.m. at the Sun Dome in Tampa.  However, USF Sarasota-Manatee graduates will participate in the 1:30 p.m. commencement service for its four colleges: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education and Hospitality & Tourism Leadership. Regional Chancellor Dr. Sandra Stone will represent USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Also at that ceremony, USF Tampa will hold graduation exercises for the following colleges: Behavioral & Community Sciences, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Global Sustainability, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

Of approximately 2,806 degrees to be conferred, 2,494 are from USF Tampa, 219 from USF St. Petersburg and 93 from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

All of the commencements will take place at the USF Sun Dome, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. No tickets are required and parking is free. The commencements are expected to run two hours each.

Unlike USF Sarasota-Manatee’s fall and spring commencement exercises, which are held at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, USFSM summer graduations usually occur in Tampa as part of the USF Tampa commencement.

Of those set to graduate Saturday, 20 undergraduates and 1 graduate student from USF Sarasota-Manatee are expected to participate in the commencement. One of those is graduate student Rita Kunz, a candidate for a master’s degree in education.

“It’s a huge accomplishment. I’m very excited,” Kunz, 28, said of the ceremony, which will be attended by her parents and brothers.

Kunz said her studies, which focused on online teaching and learning, will help her to teach classes from a remote location.

“Education is becoming much more computer-oriented, even in the classroom,” said Kunz, adding, “I still want to become a classroom teacher, but this opens the door to more opportunities.”