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Published: April 30, 2018

UT to Hold Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 5

The University of Tampa will honor nearly 1,400 students at its 146th commencement on Saturday, May 5, during two separate ceremonies at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall.

The ceremony for graduates of the Sykes College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters will take place at 9:30 a.m., and the ceremony for graduates of the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education and College of Natural and Health Sciences will follow at 2 p.m.

Between the two ceremonies, there are 1,214 bachelor’s degree candidates and 159 master’s degree candidates — 1,373 in all.

At the morning ceremony, Thomas Graham ’82, former vice president, special projects at Pepco Holdings, will give the address, and Roman Cowan ’10, MBA ’14, M.S. ’14, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, will receive the 2018 Young Alumnus Award.

In the afternoon ceremony, Scott Charbo ’86, vice president, information technology and digital services at Nutrien, is the speaker, and William Franchi ’06, founder and managing partner of Franchi Law and Pro Agents Sports Management and co-founder of Pro Title Insurance Agency, will receive the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award.

Several graduate programs have hooding ceremonies scheduled in the days leading up to commencement

  • Thursday, May 3:
    • Department of Nursing hooding and pinning ceremony (M.S. in Nursing), 6 p.m., Plant Hall, Fletcher Lounge (by invitation only)
    • Department of Education hooding ceremony, 6 p.m., Vaughn Center, ninth floor, Trustees Board Room 
  • Friday, May 4: 
    • Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance hooding ceremony, Noon, Plant Hall, Music Room
    • Sykes College of Business hooding and awards ceremony, 6 p.m., Martinez Athletics Center

UT Graduates by the Numbers

Total graduates = 1,373
Countries represented = 62
% of graduates from Florida = 41%

Total bachelor’s degree candidates = 1,214
Summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) = 7
Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 121
Cum laude (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75) = 206
Top 3 most popular undergraduate majors in this class = Marketing, Finance and Criminology

Graduate students
Total master’s candidates = 159
With honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 11
With highest honors (GPA 4.0) = 11
MBAs awarded = 41