SPC Honors Fall 2021 Graduates – St. Petersburg College News

December 14, 2021 by St. Petersburg College
If ever there was a reason to celebrate, years of hard work and dedication spent earning a degree is a really good one!
St. Petersburg College celebrated its Summer and Fall 2021 graduates on Saturday, Dec. 11. The college held two “Grad Walk” ceremonies to ensure that the graduates’ hard work was recognized with pomp and circumstance. There was a lot of joy and pride – and also some sadness and loss. But overall, it was about rewarding grit and dedication.
The morning celebration was held at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. Each graduate was scheduled a time to walk, and as they crossed the stage to be congratulated by SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, their families could also join them for photos and cheers. At 3 p.m., North County grads celebrated in the same way at the Clearwater Campus.
One special degree was awarded posthumously at the Clearwater commencement ceremony. Ana Ponce De Leon, 36, an Army veteran and mother of two daughters, died from COVID-19 only seven weeks before completing her bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. Her mother and her sister, Yesenia Chaparro Aleman, were present to accept her degree, alongside six of her classmates who were graduating, and her Program Director Jeff Kronschnabl.  
“Ana would probably wonder why we are all making such a big fuss,” Aleman said. “But she worked so hard, and when she decided to go back to school for this degree, she totally went for it.”
Here are some facts about SPC and its newest group of graduates:
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