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USF to confer more than 2,700 degrees during summer commencement ceremonies

Graduates include 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 1, 2022University 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, 2021University 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, 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, 2021University 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

University of South Florida: A Preeminent Research University

USF to hold in-person commencement ceremonies this spring

The University of South Florida will host its first in-person commencement ceremonies since December 2019, as COVID-19 forced the ceremonies to be held virtually in spring, summer and fall of 2020. Ceremonies are tentatively scheduled for May 7-9.

March 15, 2021University News

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USF to confer more than 5,000 degrees virtually on Dec. 12

The fall class includes a graduate making university history, a husband and wife graduating together and a 19 year old only one year removed from high school.

December 7, 2020University News

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USF to hold virtual commencement ceremonies on Aug. 8

The University of South Florida will recognize thousands of summer graduates through virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 8. Nearly 3,000 degrees will be conferred in the university’s second-ever virtual ceremonies, caused by restrictions on large gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

August 3, 2020University News

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Tampa Bay area landmarks lit up in green and gold to honor USF graduates

While the coronavirus epidemic may have halted the University of South Florida’s traditional commencement ceremonies, supporters from throughout the Tampa Bay region found creative ways to honor the spring graduating class of 2020.

May 11, 2020COVID-19, University News

2020 USF Virtual Commencement Ceremonies

USF President Steven Currall presides over ceremonies for campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee that includes the conferring of nearly 7,500 degrees. The spring 2020 class features 43 students who hold a perfect 4.0 GPA, 272 student veterans and graduates from 50 states and more than 100 nations. Of the degrees to be awarded, approximately 6,617 are from USF in Tampa, 544 from USF St. Petersburg and 280 from USF Sarasota-Manatee.

May 9, 2020COVID-19, University News

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Nearly 7,500 USF degrees to be conferred virtually during May 9 ceremonies

For the first time in its history, the University of South Florida will hold virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9, to recognize thousands of graduates who are unable to participate in traditional, in-person ceremonies due to the coronavirus outbreak. Here, you can read short stories about a few of those graduates and how they're shaping the future.

April 30, 2020Campus Life, University News

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