St. Petersburg College will award more than 2,100 degrees and certificates to its spring graduates, who successfully completed their academic journey this month while also facing the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak during their final term.
SPC President Tonjua Williams offered her congratulations and shared her pride in the achievements of the college’s latest Titan graduates.
“They have faced challenges and overcome obstacles unlike any other graduating class in the history of St. Petersburg College,” Williams said. “Titans exemplify strength. And their perseverance, ingenuity and creativity proves their excellence. Their hard work and dedication inspires us all.”
SPC will award 2,162 degrees and certificates to Spring 2020 Term graduates, including:
- 975 Associate in Arts degrees
- 463 Associate in Science degrees
- 255 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
- 238 Bachelor of Science degrees
- 230 Certifications
This term, the college’s youngest graduate is 17 years old, the oldest is 75 years old, and 15 graduates are over the age of 60. With this graduating class, SPC will have awarded 180,843 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927.
The college announced earlier this year that it was postponing its May graduation ceremony due to concerns about COVID-19. Currently, SPC is reviewing the possibility of holding commencement for this graduating class at a later date, which has yet to be determined.
Right now, SPC is celebrating with graduates online. The college has created a personalized webpage for them at spc.edu/celebration. They can find their name and the degree or certificate they’ve earned, a special video message from SPC’s president, and some interesting facts about their graduating class, plus social media tools so they can share their success.
Earlier this month, college administration, instructors, graduates, their families and even some cats and dogs all logged on to celebrate SPC’s 153 nursing graduates. Due to social gathering restrictions during the pandemic, they became the first class in the 64 years of the program to graduate via Zoom conference.
The college’s Veterinary Technology program also celebrated their 39 graduates virtually.