Eighteen students made history at Seminole State College of Florida on Friday, Dec. 9, becoming the first graduates to earn a four-year degree in the College’s 46-year history.
The students, whose journey began in January 2010, crossed the stage at the Fall 2011 Commencement Ceremony, earning their bachelor’s degrees in interior design.
Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee says the co-hort of bachelor’s degree students is among the most successful in the Florida College System; 85 percent of those who started the program in January 2010 graduated this term. Twelve of the students graduated with honors.
Deborah Kirkland, who had the top GPA among the grads, was the first to cross the stage to a round of applause from the audience. Kirkland, an adjunct instructor from Winter Park, plans to pursue a master’s degree.
The bachelor's degree students, who wore blue and gold and white hoods, sat in the front row and were the last to receive their degrees. They had creatively added design touches to their caps, including feathers, jewels and even a house with blinking lights.
Among the first bachelor’s degree graduates are:
In addition, more than 1,400 associate degrees and program certificates will be awarded this term, according to the College's Department of Enrollment Services.
Damon A. Chase, a Seminole County attorney, was the guest speaker.
Seminole State will offer four additional bachelor’s degrees starting in January. Nearly 250 students already are enrolled in bachelor's degree courses for Spring Term.
Separate ceremonies also are being held in the next two weeks for the college’s career and adult education programs. Those ceremonies, which will take place on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, are as follows:
Bachelor's Degree Timeline
For photos of the graduation, visit Seminole State's official Facebook page.
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