Over 6,500 graduating from University of South Florida

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Over 6,500 degrees will be handed out during the spring commencement ceremonies at University of South Florida on Friday and Saturday.

USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over six ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome, as well as ceremonies at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. More than 4,700 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

Friday’s ceremonies are for students from the College of Arts and Sciences, at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and the colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, at 6 p.m.

Saturday’s ceremonies are for students from the College of Business and College of Engineering, at 9 a.m., Colleges of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Education, Undergraduate Studies, at 1:30 p.m, and graduate students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Global Sustainability, Graduate Studies, Marine Science, The Arts, at 6 p.m.

Approximately 6,545 degrees will be awarded, including 5,803 from USF, 480 from USF St. Petersburg and 262 from USF Sarasota-Manatee. USF will confer 4,366 bachelor’s degrees, 1,235 master’s degrees, 198 doctoral degrees and four specialist degrees.

48 of USF’s student-athletes are graduating this weekend. Six USF football players will earn their degree this weekend, including wide receiver A.J. Legree, defensive tackle Daniel Awoleke and cornerback Jalen Spencer, who all return for 2016. Also, five-time track and field All-American Matthew O’Neal, who owns the school record in the triple-jump; All-American guard Courtney Williams, a top 10 WNBA Draft pick who led the women’s basketball program to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and a Top 25 ranking, and All-American golfer Chase Koepka, who earned 2012 Big East Player of the Year honors and helped lead the golf team to a conference title and top eight NCAA finish in 2015.

Dr. Ernest Boger, a Tampa native who was USF’s first black graduate in 1965, is being honored with the President’s Fellow Medallion Friday.  Also, the youngest graduate this spring is Ahmed Mohamed, 18, who will earn bachelor’s degrees Friday morning in biomedical sciences and political science. Mohamed is one of 27 USF System King O’Neal recipients, an honor presented to undergraduates with a 4.0 GPA.

Last but not least, first-generation college student Vanisaben Patel will receive the USF Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award.

Full Commencement Schedule

USF:

– Friday, May 6, 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.

– Friday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences.

– Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize all graduates from USF Health.

– Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the Colleges of Business and Engineering.

– Saturday, May 7, 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the Colleges of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Education, Undergraduate Studies, and The Arts.

– Saturday, May 7, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduate students from Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Behavioral & Community Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Global Sustainability, Graduate Studies, Marine Science, and The Arts.

USF St. Petersburg:

– Sunday, May 8, ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Mahaffey Theatre, 400 1st St. S., St Petersburg, Fla. 33701.

USF Sarasota-Manatee:

– Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m., Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, Fla. 34221.

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