Class of 2016

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee graduates 300 students

PALMETTO -- Years down the road, Alex Benishek knows he'll cry tears of joy when he looks back at his three years at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. He hopes his fellow graduates, who he said impacted him even if they didn't know him, cry the same tears of joy.

The only thing the Student Government Association president asked of his fellow students -- other than, you know, finding their perfect career and living a life full of happiness -- was that they remember their time as University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee students fondly. And that they always stay proud to be a Bull. As he finished his speech, and his time as the head of student government came to a close, Benishek told his fellow graduates, "Today is your day."

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

Graduates: 294

Graduating class from this school: 65th

Speakers: USF Sarasota-Manatee regional chancellor Sandra Stone, USF system president Judy Genshaft, Student Government Association president Alexander Benishek

Shining moment: Six of the university's inaugural freshman -- who came to campus in the fall of 2013 -- graduated on Monday, finishing their degree in three short years.

Interesting fact: USF Sarasota-Manatee has the oldest graduate from across the USF system, Genshaft announced. A 68-year-old woman finished her master's degree in education at the campus this year -- but asked her name not be used.

Best quote: "A strong and tight knit community has evolved here, one that is the envy of Florida," Genshaft said.

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