Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn provided some practical advice to more than 400 undergraduates at Saint Leo University’s annual commencement ceremony on Saturday afternoon, April 30 in Saint Leo and encouraged the new alumni to remain in the area.
Buckhorn, the 58th mayor of the nation’s 53rd largest city, spoke to students who received their degrees in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Social Work. Additionally, five graduating ROTC cadets who are preparing to enter the U.S. Army as second lieutenants, were formally recognized during the ceremony.
The Tampa mayor made a pitch to keep the Class of 2016 in his beloved city, placing value on the knowledge and skills they gained at Saint Leo. “I want the intellectual capital to stay here,” he said. “I want the best and the brightest.”
The mayor offered the students several “pearls” including:
● When life knocks you down, get back up.
● Be bold!
● Be fearless.
● Take a seat at the table.
● Be a uniter.
More than 1,100 students were awarded their degrees over the course of three commencement ceremonies to be held on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at University Campus in Pasco County.
Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and a capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. It has an enrollment of nearly 16,000 graduate and undergraduate students on ground and online and nearly 80,000 alumni in all 50 states, Washington, DC, five U.S. territories, and 72 countries.