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St. Petersburg College marks 143rd commencement on May 7

St. Petersburg College marks 143rd commencement on May 7

St. Petersburg College will hold its 143rd commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Dr., St. Petersburg. 


The event is SPC’s first in-person commencement ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Graduates from over the past two years have been invited as they did not have the opportunity to participate in a traditional ceremony. 

The event also will be shown live on the college’s YouTube channel

With this graduating class, SPC will have awarded 192,291 degrees since the college – Florida’s first community college – was founded in 1927. 


The college’s youngest graduate is 16 years old, the oldest is 74 years old and 16 graduates are over the age of 60. 

SPC will award: 

  • 1153 Associate in Arts degrees 
  • 498 Associate in Science degrees
  • 309 Bachelor of Applied Science degrees
  • 172 Bachelor of Science degrees
  • 262 certifications


Garrick Roe and Patricia Roberts will address fellow graduates and guests. Roe is the Alumni Achievement Award Winner, which is the highest honor a bachelor’s degree graduate can achieve at the college. Roberts is the Apollo Award Winner, which is the highest honor an associate degree graduate can achieve.

For more information about the commencement, visit spcollege.edu/graduation


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This is a press release from St. Petersburg College. For more information, contact Rita Farlow, Executive Director, Marketing and Strategic Communications, 727-302-6526 or Marilyn Shaw, PR/Communications Coordinator, 727-341-4712.

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