USF Alumnus John Ramil and Panama’s Secretary of Science Dr. Jorge Motta to be honored
TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 5, 2014) – The University of South Florida System will confer more than 2,700 degrees during two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the USF Sun Dome. The ceremonies are schedule to begin at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over both ceremonies, which represent USF’s 103rd commencement convocation.
A total of 2,767 degrees (approximate) will be awarded, including 2,445 for USF Tampa, 187 for USF St. Petersburg and 103 for USF Sarasota-Manatee. USF Tampa will award 1,549 bachelor’s, 756 master’s, 136 doctoral and four specialist’s degrees.
The 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize USF Tampa graduates from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business, as well as all colleges at USF St. Petersburg.
In recognition of his extensive business and community involvement, USF Board of Trustees member and TECO President and Chief Executive Officer John Ramil will be presented with the President’s Fellow Medallion in the 9 a.m. ceremony.
Ramil was part of the university’s inaugural Board of Trustees, which was established in 2001. In 2010, the board elected him chair, a position he held for four years. The former USF distinguished alumnus holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Engineering from USF.
The 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduates from USF Tampa’s Colleges of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Education, Engineering, Global Sustainability, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, The Arts, and Undergraduate Studies. Graduates from all colleges at USF Sarasota-Manatee will also be recognized.
At this ceremony, Dr. Jorge Motta will be the recipient of the President’s Global Leadership Award which is presented to individuals who have achieved exemplary accomplishments in international leadership or global relations.
A pioneer in global health research and training in Latin America, secretary of science, technology and innovation for Panama, Motta has catalyzed international research and training in infectious tropical diseases, influenza, dengue fever and malaria in the region. In addition, as president of the Panamanian Association for Advancement of Science, Motta spearheaded the growth and development of science, research, and technology in his country. For the past ten years he has been instrumental in supporting USF Health’s presence in Panama.
USF’s College of Public Health will also mark its 30th Anniversary at commencement. It was founded in July 1984 as the first college of public health in Florida.
For more information, visit usf.edu/commencement or contact the Commencement Office at (813) 974-1816.
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The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is a Top 50 research university among both public and private institutions nationwide in total research expenditures, according to the National Science Foundation. Serving nearly 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.