Celebrating Spring Graduates

By ARVIN TEMKAR, USF NEWS Posted Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:37

Commencement Exercises

Commencement Mass — May 17 at 3 p.m.

School of Nursing and Health Professions — May 17 at 6 p.m. 

Undergraduate Humanities and Sciences — May 18 at 9 a.m.

Undergraduate Arts and Sciences — May 18 at 12 p.m.

Undergraduate School of Management — May 19 at 9 a.m.

All ceremonies at St. Ignatius Church (map). For a complete list of speakers and a detailed schedule »


Grab your caps, gowns, and bouquets, it’s commencement time! The university is celebrating the academic accomplishments of more than 2,500 students at its graduation ceremonies May 17–19. 

The university will honor 1,227 undergraduates, 1,128 graduate students, and 215 doctoral candidates at ceremonies in St. Ignatius Church on USF’s campus.

Speakers include civil rights icon Melba Pattillo Beals EdD ’10, former NPR host Michele Norris, and investor and USF trustee Jefferey Silk ’87. 

Changing the world, and USF

Beals was one of nine African American students who were escorted by federal troops into Little Rock Central High School in 1957, after desegregation. She went on to become an NBC News reporter and a faculty member at Dominican University of California, where she established the department of communications and media studies. Beals will be speaking at the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate arts and social science ceremony. 

Norris was the first African American woman host at NPR, for the evening news program All Things Considered. She founded The Race Card Project, a Peabody Award-winning collaboration with NPR that collects six-word stories of Americans’ experience with race. Norris will be speaking at the College of Arts and Sciences graduate student ceremony.

Silk is co-chief investment officer and vice chairman at Fisher Investments, Inc., an investment management firm. Jeff and his wife, Naomi, founded the Silk Speaker Series at USF, which has brought speakers including Magic Johnson, Condoleezza Rice, and Steve Wozniak to campus. Jeff Silk is speaking at the School of Management undergraduate bachelor of science in business administration ceremony. 

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