UT Commencement Approaches 1,000

Published: Apr 27, 2007
University of Tampa spring Commencement continues its run of record-setting numbers, this year breaking the 900 mark for the first time with about 100 more students than walked in last year’s ceremony. On Saturday, May 5, at 10 a.m., more than 700 should receive bachelor’s degrees, with more than 200 slated for master’s degrees and two set to receive associate degrees at the St. Pete Times Forum. The total includes about 200 August graduates.

Elizabeth Ann Baker of Sarasota graduates at the head of the class of 2007 with a perfect 4.0 GPA. The management major and entrepreneurship minor also is one of more than 60 projected Honors Program graduates.

While Baker is the only summa cum laude candidate this spring, 49 graduate magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0), and exactly 100 exit with cum laude recognition (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75).

Among the students walking for master’s degrees, five are expected to graduate with honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0), and one, Mark Graeme Thompson of West Harbor-Auckland, New Zealand, receives his MBA (with a specialization in finance) with highest honors (4.0 GPA).

Horizon Properties president and CEO Rodney Piatt, a 1974 UT grad, is this year’s spring graduation speaker.

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