More than 3,000 bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and program certificates – a record number – were awarded this term by Seminole State College of Florida, according to the Department of Enrollment Services.
Students crossed the stage on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. during Seminole State's Fall 2012 Commencement in the University of Central Florida Arena. In a move driven by Seminole State’s growth, this was the first time in 40 years that Commencement took place off-site.
"This is the largest class in our 47-year history!" said Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee in her opening remarks.
Graduates of all Seminole State programs, including 14 who earned bachelor’s degrees, participated.
Among the graduates were:
Dr. John Hitt, who recently celebrated his 20th anniversary as president of the University of Central Florida, provided the keynote address, noting that 25 percent of Seminole State's graduates were first-generation college students.
"As a first-generation graduate myself," Hitt said, "I understand the difference a college degree can make."
In another first for Seminole State, the College introduced its ceremonial mace during the ceremony. The mace was crafted from a six-foot branch of “The Senator,” one of the world’s oldest bald cypress trees and the largest native tree in Florida.
For photos from the graduation, visit Seminole State's official Facebook page.
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