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USF honors community leaders at commencement ceremonies

Commencement is the time for USF to bestow some of its highest honors to outstanding individuals who have made essential contributions to the university and the community. This spring, the individuals selected represent the university’s many collaborations in health care and economic development.

May 1, 2024University News

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USF to confer more than 7,000 degrees during spring commencement ceremonies

Graduates in the May 2-5 ceremonies include a brain cancer survivor, a 17-year-old student of Ukrainian heritage and a third-generation USF student.

April 29, 2024University News

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USF conferred more than 4,400 degrees during fall commencement

Graduates include student veterans, a mother-daughter earning their degrees at the same time and a future engineer with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder graduating with a near-perfect GPA.

December 4, 2023Student Success, University News

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USF adds eco-friendly flair to commencement

Graduates and guests attending fall commencement will see some enhancements to regalia, stage design and programs – many of which were made with sustainability in mind.

November 29, 2023University News

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USF awards more than 2,400 degrees during summer commencement ceremonies

Graduates include a Ukrainian student who relocated to the U.S., an 18 year old and a student who is pursuing a career in social work after growing up in the foster care system.

July 31, 2023Student Success, University News

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University of South Florida celebrates more than 4,500 new graduates during fall commencement

USF fall 2022 graduates include a Ukrainian student whose family was displaced by war and a student impacted by Hurricane Ian.

December 5, 2022Student Success, University News

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USF conferred more than 2,700 degrees during summer commencement ceremonies

Graduates included a 75-year-old civil rights activist earning a degree more than 55 years after starting at USF, a 23-year-old earning a doctorate in engineering and a veteran who overcame PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.

August 6, 2022Student Success, University News

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USF conferred more than 4,500 degrees during commencement ceremonies, Dec. 10-11

The University of South Florida awarded more than 4,500 degrees during fall commencement. The ceremonies included recipients of approximately 3,433 undergraduate, 1,099 master’s and 181 doctoral degrees.

December 8, 2021Student Success, University News

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USF honors summer 2021 class, along with graduates whose ceremonies were impacted by COVID-19, during Aug. 21-22 commencement

The University of South Florida conferred approximately 3,000 degrees during summer commencement as ceremonies returned to the Yuengling Center in Tampa after being held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg in the spring.

August 18, 2021COVID-19, Student Success, University News

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USF returns to in-person commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 8

The University of South Florida will hold in-person commencement ceremonies this weekend for the first time since December 2019, as COVID-19 forced ceremonies to be held virtually in spring, summer and fall of 2020. USF President Steven Currall will preside over spring commencement ceremonies scheduled for 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

May 3, 2021Student Success, University News

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

An important update to USF’s Spring 2021 Commencement plan

After consulting with our experts from USF Health and university event management team, I’m pleased to inform you that we have modified our plan and will announce each graduate’s name during the ceremony and allow them to stand briefly to be recognized.

March 17, 2021

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

Announcing plans for USF’s Spring 2021 Commencement

I am pleased to announce that our 123rd Commencement will be held in person this May at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 7 – Sunday, May 9, 2021.

March 15, 2021

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