Tampa Ceremony for Saint Leo's MacDill Class of 2011

June 01, 2011

Nearly 200 Saint Leo University students who studied at the continuing education center at Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base will receive degrees Saturday, June 4.

Tampa Ceremony for Saint Leo's MacDill Class of 2011 The 11 a.m. commencement ceremony is to be held in Tampa at the T. Pepin Hospitality Centre. University President Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., will welcome the graduates and present them with their degrees.

The Class of 2011 includes students at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Degrees to be awarded are: the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Science in criminal justice; the Master of Science in critical incident management; the Bachelor of Arts; the Bachelor of Science; the Bachelor of Applied Science; and the Associate of Arts.

The graduates and their families will be addressed by guest speaker Gregory J. Celestan (pictured), chairman and chief executive of Celestar Corp., a Tampa-based defense contractor. The speaker retired from the U.S. Army in 2004 with the rank of lieutenant colonel and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and Russian area studies. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in international relations from the University of Washington.

Student Brianne Foresman, who has earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, has been selected to deliver the farewell address on behalf of the graduating class.

In conjunction with the commencement ceremony, the Pepin Hospitality Centre is hosting an exhibit of fine art photography by undergraduate students of James Hughson, fine arts instructor at University Campus. The exhibit, mainly black and white photography, is in the Community Hall outside the Grand Ballroom of the facility. The graduating students will see the photographs as they enter the ballroom for the ceremony.