SFCC Celebrates Commencement
South Florida Community College (SFCC) graduates will celebrate their self-determination, diligence, and long hours of study when they are honored during commencement on Wednesday, May 4, 6:45 p.m., in the Theatre for the Performing Arts, Highlands Campus, Avon Park.
Over 818 students will have met SFCC graduation requirements by the May commencement. Of these, 719 will receive their Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, Associate in Applied Science degrees, vocational certificates, or college credit certificates, and 99 will be graduates from SFCC’s Adult Education program. Approximately 239 plan to walk across the stage during commencement.
The commencement keynote speaker will be graduating student Ricki Albritton of Sebring. During her time at SFCC, Albritton has played on the Lady Panthers Volleyball team, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society, and serves on the Student Government Association (SGA). She also spends much of her time volunteering with her church as a youth leader by helping middle and high school students with relationship building and teaching volleyball. She is a camp counselor during the summer at Lake Denton and works as a disk jockey on Friday nights for WWOJ. She plans to attend the University of Florida (UF) in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications. “What I’m going to miss most about SFCC are my fellow volleyball teammates and being so involved in the community,” said Albritton. “But I’m really excited to continue my education at UF because my whole family attended college there.”
Albritton was recently honored with the Joseph E. Johnston/Bette L. McDearman Student Services Award for outstanding academic achievement and involvement in student-related activities on campus, outstanding leadership ability both on and off campus, and her contribution to fellow students and the college.
Marshals for this year’s graduation are SFCC faculty members Lena Phelps, Elizabeth Andrews, Ellen Thornton, Tanna Markel, Brian Deery, and Felecia Dozier. Rhonda NeSmith and Deborah Florence will provide American Sign Language interpretation during the graduation ceremony.
Graduation rehearsal will take place Wednesday, May 4, at 10 a.m., in the Theatre for the Performing Arts. A reception immediately following the graduation ceremonies will be held in the Catherine P. Cornelius Student Services and Classroom Complex. For more information about the commencement process, contact the SFCC Welcome Desk at 863-784-7405.