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USF prepares for record number of graduates



When the University of South Florida celebrates graduation this weekend, it will mark a new record high in the number of diplomas it confers.

USF officials attribute the nearly 6,500 diplomas to a system-wide effort to increase its six-year graduation rate. That rate is up to 63 percent, an increase of 15 percent from five years ago, according to the university.

Here's how the graduation numbers break out:

USF System Total - 6,431

USF Tampa - 5,547 (Bachelors: 4,213, Masters: 1,140, Doctoral: 194)

USF St. Petersburg - 473

USF Sarasota-Manatee - 268

Commencement events will take place Friday through Monday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:12am]


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