Weekend of commencement activities ahead at University Campus
April 23, 2013
More than 1,100 new graduates of Saint Leo University will be awarded their degrees over the course of three commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, at University Campus in Pasco County. Each ceremony will be held in the Marion Bowman Activities Center.
Honorary degrees will be awarded to prominent artist Yankel Ginzburg Friday night and to alumnus and retiring Pasco County Administrator John J. Gallagher ’69. Separately, the bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of St. Augustine, Most Rev. Felipe J. Estévez, will be honored during a special Mass on Friday. (See related story.)
Details on Ceremonies
Friday at 7 p.m., a ceremony will be held for an expected 361 graduates who have earned bachelor’s degrees through the Center for Online Learning, at the Adult Education Center at University Campus (which offers weekend and evening classes), or at other Education Centers. Degrees to be awarded include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work. The guest commencement speaker is Dr. Jeff D. Borden, an expert in online learning who works as vice president of instruction and academic strategy for Pearson, one of the world’s leading providers of learning tools and curriculum materials.
Saturday at 9 a.m., degrees will be conferred to almost 420 candidates from a broad variety of graduate degree programs: the Master of Business Administration, the first Master of Accounting (a new graduate program), Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Science in Critical Incident Management, Master of Education, Master of Science in Instructional Design, Master of Science in Instructional Design, Master of Theology, Master of Social Work, and the Education Specialist degree. The guest speaker for the program is alumna Michelle Osadczuk ’09, an M.B.A. graduate who currently works as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. She has worked in Argentina and will next be posted to Ethiopia.
Yankel Ginzburg, the artist, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during the ceremony. He is a painter and sculptor whose creativity is on permanent display in University Campus buildings in the form of original paintings and lithographs donated to Saint Leo by a patron.
Saturday at 2 p.m., nearly 350 traditional undergraduates who studied at University Campus will receive their degrees: the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Social Work. Additionally, eight graduating ROTC Cadets now prepared to enter the U.S. Army as second lieutenants will be formally recognized during the ceremony. The guest commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony is John Terrance “Terry” Spaight, a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired president and chief operating officer from the Boston Market restaurant chain.
During the afternoon ceremony, John J. Gallagher ’69, the longest-serving county administrator in Florida, will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters. The county administrator is scheduled to retire this year as the administrator of Pasco County, home to Saint Leo’s University Campus. During Mr. Gallagher’s leadership since 1982, the county has seen significant improvements to roads, the construction of a water and sewer system, and the creation of a county library system and county parks system. He oversees 2,000 employees and a billion-dollar budget for the benefit of Pasco County citizens and businesses.