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Seminole State Alumni Association presents Commissioner Patty Sheehan Distinguished Alumni Award

(L-R) 2016-17 Alumni Association Chair Harry Ellis, Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, Seminole State graduate Stevanna "Stevi" Ames, Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee, and Vice President of Resource and Economic Development John Gyllin.

The Seminole State College of Florida Alumni Association honored Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award and Stevanna “Stevi” Ames as the Outstanding Graduate at the Alumni Association’s second annual Legacy Awards on Thursday, May 11, at the College’s Heathrow Campus.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes a Seminole State alumnus or alumna who has made substantial contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of excellence at the College.

Sheehan graduated from Seminole State College in 1986 with her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Art from the University of Central Florida. Since then, she has pursued a life of public service and continues to lead the Central Florida community, serving as City Commissioner for the City of Orlando, District 4.

“Thank you so much to Seminole State College for this honor,” Sheehan said “It was a privilege to attend a university that respects diversity and has so many programs to encourage every student’s highest potential. When I attended Seminole State College, I was a waitress making below minimum wage. Now I serve on the Orlando City Council. With education, you can go far!”

“Patty Sheehan is the true definition of compassion, perseverance, courage and strength,” says Dr. E. Ann McGee, president of Seminole State College. “She was a first responder during the Pulse nightclub tragedy and represented Central Florida in the weeks and months that followed. Her strong, steady leadership during the time of healing that followed was truly extraordinary.”

The Outstanding Graduate Award recognizes a recent graduate of the College who has shown promise during his or her career as a student through academics, volunteering and affiliations, and plans to continue striving toward a bright future.

Ames, a member of the Raider softball team that clinched the No. 1 spot in the Division 1 Mid-Florida Conference (MFC) for the team’s first-ever regular season conference title, graduated from Seminole State on May 2 with her A.A. in General Studies. Throughout her career at Seminole State she maintained a 4.0 GPA and was one of four Seminole State students named to the All-Florida Academic Team.

"I am truly blessed and honored to receive the Outstanding Graduate award, Ames said. “These two years at Seminole have been an absolute dream come true. My hard work in the classroom and on the softball field have paid off, but I definitely wouldn't be where I am without the coaches, teammates, teachers and friends that I have made here.”

Ames plans to continue her education and earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

Seminole State College Alumni Association: The Seminole State College Alumni Association provides benefits and services for alumni as they continue their lifelong connection with Seminole State College of Florida, providing opportunities for them to network with one another, interact with the student body and support the College. To learn more, visit the Alumni Association website or

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