SJR State to honor graduates December 13

St. Johns River State College will celebrate its fall commencement on December 13. The College will acknowledge the associate and baccalaureate degree candidates, as well as its certificate candidates, from the Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine campuses.

The ceremony is set for 10:00 a.m. at the Thrasher-Horne Center located on the SJR State Orange Park campus. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., has announced former legislator Tony Hill as the commencement speaker.

Hill’s legacy of service began long before entering the office of the State Senate. His political career began in 1992 when elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 14 and continued when subsequently re-elected, running unopposed, for three consecutive terms until term limits necessitated his departure in 2000. Undaunted, he continued to serve the constituents of Florida by serving as co-chair of the Florida Coalition to Reduce Class Size. Following his election to the Senate, he continued the fight to secure the implementation of Florida Constitutional Amendment 9, which requires smaller class sizes In schools and ensuring greater success for our children.

A dedicated humanitarian and community advocate, during his time in the Senate, Hill sponsored a bill to create the first-ever State Capitol Civil Rights Hall of Fame, making Florida the first state in the nation’s history to have such a Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Hill currently serves as Field Representative for Congressman Al Lawson, Jr.

The Thrasher-Horne Center is owned and operated by SJR State and is located on the Orange Park campus at 283 College Drive.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020