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Tampan Graduates First in Class

Published: December 23, 2005
Tampan Tiffany L. Nemoy topped a graduating class of more than 450 at UT’s Winter Commencement on Dec. 17.

Nemoy graduated summa cum laude (perfect 4.0 GPA), while 22 others graduated magna cum laude (3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0), and 35 graduated cum laude (3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75).  

A double major in computer information systems and mathematical programming, Nemoy, 30, earned her UT degrees while working fulltime as a computer specialist for the city of Tampa’s revenue and finance department budget office, where she has been employed since 2001. She attended classes at night. When required math classes were available only during the day, she walked to campus from her downtown office to spend her lunch breaks in class. She found the time and energy to serve as editor of the UT Honors nonfiction writing journal, Respondez.

Nemoy, who goes by “Min,” attended high school in Connecticut and California, and moved to Tampa in 2000. In addition to her summa cum laude recognition, she graduated with Honors distinction, and received the Spartan Award for leadership. She was on the National Dean’s List, and was named UT Honors Alumni Association Outstanding Senior of 2005. Also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, she presented the challenge at Commencement.

The total number of graduates at this year’s winter Commencement included 93 who have applied for master’s degrees. The combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees numbers eclipse last year’s total by more than 100, making this year’s affair easily the largest December Commencement at the University. The numbers also include more than 140 August graduates.

The featured Commencement speaker was Dr. Donald Morrill, the 2005 Louise Loy Hunter Award recipient. The Hunter Award is bestowed upon a faculty member for cumulative contributions in teaching, service and scholarship, and is the highest official honor that can be bestowed upon a faculty member at The University of Tampa. By tradition, the Hunter Award recipient is always the Winter Commencement speaker.

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