Northeast Florida Graduates to Gather Saturday

June 02, 2011

More than 100 new graduates of Saint Leo University from Northeast Florida will celebrate their commencement Saturday at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts on the campus of St. Johns River State College in Orange Park.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

Northeast Florida Graduates to Gather Saturday The graduates and their families will be addressed by Terry West (pictured), the president and chief executive officer of VyStar Credit Union, based in Jacksonville. A graduate of North Carolina State University, West holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics education, and taught mathematics before moving into a career credit union management. West is also actively involved in community service was elected the 2011 chairman of United Way of Northeast Florida for 2011.
 
Many of the new Saint Leo graduates are also committed to the field of education. Nineteen individuals will receive the Master of Education degree with a specialization in educational leadership. Twenty of the 79 degree candidates receiving the Bachelor of Arts degree studied elementary education or middle grades education.
 
Bachelor’s degrees are also being conferred in the fields of business, criminal justice, and psychology.  Eleven people have earned an Associate of Arts degree in either liberal arts or business. Three people earned the Master of Business Administration degree.
 
Two students have been selected to deliver farewell addresses on behalf of the Class of 2011: Danielle Powers, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education, and Maria Torres-Guevara who earned her Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts.