Commencement Day Arrives for More Than 760 Students

May 01, 2010

Commencement_ArrivesProud graduates and their families flocked to the main campus Saturday to receive their degrees and congratulations from the Saint Leo University faculty and administration.

In the morning, 468 degree candidates became degree recipients. The new graduates included working adults who studies for bachelor’s degrees through the Center for Online Learning or through the Weekend and Evening Program, as well graduate students taking home master’s degrees earned online through classroom instruction, or a combination of both. The crowd included recipients of Saint Leo University’s popular Master of Business Administration degree.

The morning graduates were addressed by university President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr. Dr Kirk substituted for the planned speaker, Pamela Tate, president of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. Her flight to Florida from Chicago was cancelled at the last minute, forcing her to miss the event. Still, the audience enjoyed the program and savored the recognition of their accomplishments.

In the afternoon, 295 students who studied at the main campus received bachelor’s degrees. They were addressed by state Representative Will Weatherford, a prominent Republican from the district local to the main campus. The representative lives with his wife and young daughter in the nearby community of Wesley Chapel.

The excitement of commencement season was heightened with the announcement earlier in the week that online alumnus Don Tapia ‘05, ‘07, has donated $4 million to the university to help construct a new building for the School of Business. The state-of-the art facility will be ready for use by the fall semester of 2011, and will help the main campus communicate with Saint Leo’s other teaching locations in seven states on military bases, at community college campuses, and in office locations.

Fourteen more Saint Leo University commencement ceremonies are scheduled through May and June at the university’s networking of teaching sites.