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.