NFL COO Tod Leiweke will receive an honorary doctorate of business on Saturday
TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 9, 2015) – The University of South Florida System will confer nearly 4,200 degrees during the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies Dec. 11-13. More than 2,500 graduates are expected to participate.
USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over four ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome, as well as ceremonies at USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee, which represent the university’s 107th commencement convocation.
Approximately 4,145 degrees will be awarded, including 3,518 for USF Tampa, 430 for USF St. Petersburg and 197 for USF Sarasota-Manatee. USF Tampa will award 2,467 bachelor’s, 920 master’s and 130 doctoral degrees.
Chief Operating Officer of the National Football League Tod Leiweke will receive an honorary doctorate in business during the Saturday 6 p.m. ceremony. Prior to joining the NFL in 2015, Leiweke was the Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, which included the Tampa Bay Lightning and Amalie Arena, from June 2010 to August 2015. Also within his long list of accolades, Leiweke was co-chairman of USF’s Unstoppable Campaign, which has the goal of raising $1 billion for USF. He also serves on the USF Foundation Board.
Dr. Eric Jacobsen, will receive an honorary doctorate in science during the Saturday 9 a.m. ceremony. Jacobsen earned his PhD in chemistry from Harvard University, and currently has more than 230 publications and 15 patents. Jacobsen previously visited USF as a guest lecturer where he mentored faculty and students in the Department of Chemistry.
The USF Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduate Award will be presented to Mary Babcock during the Saturday 9 a.m. ceremony. The award recognizes a graduating senior who embodies leadership, school spirit, community service, character and scholarship. Babcock competed on the USF team in the Deloitte FanTAXtic competition, served as president of the Association of Latino Professionals for America, the events coordinator for the Business Honors Program and a lead mentor in the Bulls Business Community. She was the recipient of the prestigious USF Golden Bull Award and the USF College of Business 25 Under 25 Award. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in accounting.
The youngest graduate during the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies is 19-year-old Siarra Rogers. She will receive her bachelor’s degree in political science. The oldest graduate is 73-year-old Margaret Brown, who will receive a master’s degree in liberal arts. Both are graduating from USF St. Petersburg.
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-Marcos Gonzalez started working in tomato fields at a very young age, spending nearly every evening and weekend alongside his father. Inspired by his father’s belief that education could provide him with a better life, Gonzalez is the first in his family to attend college. Gonzalez has been a member of the USF Honors College, Business Honors Program and completed an internship at Deloitte in New York City. His college experience also gave him an opportunity to study abroad in Italy, France, Spain, London, Paris and Argentina. Gonzalez will graduate on Saturday with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
– Friday, Dec. 11, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences. Approximately 700 graduates are anticipated.
– Saturday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts & Sciences and the Muma College of Business. Approximately 600 graduates are anticipated.
– Saturday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the Colleges of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Education, Engineering, Nursing, Public Health, Undergraduate Studies and The Arts. Approximately 600 graduates are anticipated.
– Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduate students from all colleges. Approximately 650 graduates are anticipated.
– Sunday, Dec. 13, 2 p.m., Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto, Fla. 34221.
USF St. Petersburg:
[if !supportLists]– [endif]Sunday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. ceremony will take place at the Mahaffey Theatre, 400 1st St S, St Petersburg, Fla. 33701.
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.