Over 500 Graduate from Virginia Regional Centers

July 06, 2004

After years of dedication and hard work, 551 students graduated from Saint Leo University’s Virginia Regional Centers’ commencement ceremony on Saturday, July 10. The event was held at Hampton University's Convocation Center in Hampton, Va. Anne M. Smith ’80, assistant chief of the Voluntary Education Branch, Directorate of Learning and Force Development Headquarters U.S. of the Air Force, gave the commencement address.

Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Saint Leo University and her master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She began her federal civil service career at Homestead Air Force Base. In 1988 she was assigned to Howard Air Force Base, Panama, Central America, serving as the Education Services Officer during the time of “Operation Just Cause' removing General Manuel Noriega from power. She has been assigned to a number of education projects at Langley Air Force Base, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and in 1999 as the Education Command Counselor for Headquarters Air Force Material Command. She was selected to attend Air Command and Staff College and assumed her present position at the Pentagon in 2003.

The commencement recognizes degree candidates from the University’s South Hampton Roads, Fort Eustis, and Langley Centers. The degree candidates have fulfilled the requirements for the following degrees: master of business administration; bachelor of arts in business administration, criminology, human resources administration, psychology, public administration, religion, and sociology; bachelor of science in computer information systems; and associate of arts in liberal arts.