2010 Fall Commencement Celebrated Dec. 10

2010 Fall Commencement Celebrated Dec. 10

Santa Fe College’s Fall 2010 Commencement marks a milestone: the graduation of the college’s very first bachelor’s degree recipients. Eight recipients of a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in Health Services Administration will be among approximately 240 students to walk at the fall 2010 commencement.

 “This marks a signature moment as our status as a four-year college assumes its living embodiment with the graduation of Santa Fe’s first bachelor’s degree recipients,” said President Jackson Sasser. “Opportunities abound for them in Gainesville’s expanding health care industry and elsewhere. Never has the connection between career development for students and economic development for our community been more evident.”

For details about our first BAS grads, please read this press release.

The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the Northwest campus gymnasium. A total of 903 students have applied for fall graduation from all of Santa Fe’s programs. 

Keynote speaker

To celebrate this special commencement, Santa Fe has arranged for the keynote speech to be given by John Spence, a Gainesville-based, internationally known executive educator and professional speaker. Spence has presented to more than 300 organizations worldwide including Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, AT&T and the U.S. Navy. He has guest lectured at more than 90 colleges and universities and served as a business advisor to countries such as China, Japan and Germany, among others.

Additional graduation ceremonies include:

  • Zoo Animal Technology Graduation, 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the E Building Auditorium
  • Dental Pinning Ceremony, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10 in the E Building Auditorium

Holiday Break Dec. 18-Jan. 2

The campus will be closed for the winter holidays from Dec. 18-Jan. 2. However, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will be open for tours on the half hour between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every day,  except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

The Kika Siva Pla Planetarium will be open Saturday, Dec. 18 and then will be closed for the remainder of the break.

Santa Fe will reopen Monday, Jan. 3 with spring classes beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5. Registration for the spring semester is ongoing through Jan. 3. Find application details at

At the Spring 2011 Convocation, scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, President Sasser will update the college community regarding the college’s budget and programs, and lay out his goals for the spring semester. Convocation is attended by all of Santa Fe’s faculty and staff.

For more information about Santa Fe College, please call 352-395-5000.


  • For details about the actual commencement activities or to interview President Jackson Sasser, please contact his assistant, Tina Crosby, at 352-395-5168
  • For more on Santa Fe’s first BAS grads, contact Professor Kezia Awadzi at 352-395-5355 or
  • For assistance facilitating your story, contact Julie Garret, media relations, 352-870-2924 (cell) or