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Fall 2015 Commencement Includes Over 200 Grads

On Friday, December 11, Southeastern University will host its fall 2015 commencement ceremony at Victory Church in Lakeland, Florida, at 6:30 p.m. There will be 208 graduates, bringing Southeastern’s total graduation count since inception to 12,615. Over 50 percent of the class will graduate with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Graduates are from 25 states and six countries, including Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.

The commencement speaker will be Sheriff Grady Judd. Sheriff Judd began his career with the Sheriff’s Office in 1972 as a dispatcher, quickly progressing through every rank — from corporal to colonel. In 2004, he was elected as sheriff, fulfilling his childhood dream. He has earned higher education degrees through his master’s degree and has graduated from the FBI National Academy as well as from other prestigious law enforcement academies. He has also taught for 23 years at Florida Southern College and the University of South Florida. Sheriff Judd has been married to his wife, Marisa, for 42 years. Together, they have two grown sons and nine grandchildren.

The student commencement speaker will be Barbarah Boursiquot Reynolds Perttula. She will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in international business. Originally from Haiti, Barbarah and her brothers were adopted by a family in upstate New York, where she finished her high school education and became one of the recipients of the prestigious Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship. While at Southeastern, Barbarah served in Enactus as the treasurer and international project leader to Honduras, where she worked with girls rescued from sex trafficking, and for the Chamber of Commerce. She has worked for the on-campus GTE Financial as a student relationship officer and served the Southeastern student body with financial literacy. She plans to continue her education and pursue a master’s degree in education policy. Prior to graduate school, Barbarah will pursue an internship with the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, working with the ambassador in the Department of Economic Affairs.

Click here to view the ceremony, which will be streamed live on the Southeastern University website.