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UT Graduates Largest Winter Class

Published: December 19, 2006
Nearly 500 graduates were honored at The University of Tampa’s 100th Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Martinez Sports Center. This winter’s class included 23 magna cum laude and 30 cum laude candidates. In all, more than 385 received their bachelor’s degrees, and more than 100 received master’s diplomas.
Dr. Evan Chipouras, associate professor of biology, was the Commencement speaker. He was this year’s recipient of the Louise Loy Hunter Award, given annually by previous recipients to a UT professor for excellence in teaching and cumulative contributions in service and scholarship. It is customary for the Hunter Award recipient to serve as the winter Commencement speaker.
Sherrie Fritz Sikes '73 received the UT National Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award. She began her career as a physical education teacher and is now a Hillsborough County area director who is responsible for 38 sites and about 34,000 students. She has earned recognition as Hillsborough County Teacher of the Year, Alternative Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Administrator.