Congressman Cliff Stearns To Address Ocala Center Commencement

May 10, 2004

Congressman Cliff Stearns, Florida’s representative from the sixth district since 1989, will speak to 125 graduates at the Saint Leo University Ocala Center commencement ceremony on May 15, at 12 p.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Ocala, Fla.

As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Commerce, Trade & Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Rep. Stearns is a leader in developing information privacy legislation, overseeing the overhaul of accounting standards in light of corporate corruption, and enhancing consumer protection. He also serves as vice chairman of the Telecommunications Subcommittee and co-chairman of the U.S. Air Force Caucus. In addition, he was chairman of the Veterans Health Subcommittee in the 105th and 106th Congresses.

Rep. Stearns worked with the U.S. Attorney General to bring the Federal "Weed & Seed" program, which funds community-based efforts to combat crime and poverty, to several Florida cities. Additionally, Rep. Stearns is a leading advocate for increasing funding for the Veterans’ Administration.

The Ocala Center commencement ceremony is one of the 14 ceremonies this summer for students at the University’s many locations throughout the southeastern United States. The commencement recognizes degree candidates from the University’s location at Central Florida Community College in Ocala and Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg. The degree candidates have fulfilled the requirements for bachelor’s degrees in the following majors: business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice, elementary education, human services, and psychology.

Saint Leo University is one of the largest and most innovative Catholic universities in the United States. Chartered in 1889 with its main campus located just north of Tampa, Fla., students enrolled at Saint Leo University may choose from 24 bachelor’s degrees and three graduate degree programs. As one of the leading providers of higher education to the military and a leader in online higher education, Saint Leo’s enrollment includes more than 12,000 students at the traditional university campus, and many regional centers throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, and through the Center for Online Learning.