SJR State to honor graduates December 16

St. Johns River State College will celebrate its fall commencement on December 16. 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. Commencement tickets will be required for guests. Tickets are available through the Thrasher-Horne Center box office.

SJR State President Joe Pickens, J.D., has announced Dr. John Avendano, president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, as the commencement speaker. With more than 30 years of community college experience, Dr. Avendano was previously the president and CEO of Kankakee Community College in Illinois. He also served as the president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents and the past chair of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium President’s Council in Illinois. He was a first-generation college student for whom English is his second language, and is a proud product of the community college system in Illinois.

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