Lakeland Father, Daughter Graduate Together from Saint Leo University

LAKELAND – This Father’s Day, Frederick Sosa and Tiffany Anderson have something special to celebrate. Not only do they share a father-and-daughter bond, but they also recently graduated together from Saint Leo University.

Anderson is the assistant academic advisor for Saint Leo’s Lakeland Education Center. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Sosa also graduated from Saint Leo’s Lakeland center with Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. The duo from Lakeland received their degrees at the university’s commencement ceremony for its Florida locations on April 27 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Born in Roswell, New Mexico, to Fredrick “Roy” Sosa and Amanda Sosa, Tiffany Renee Anderson attended Roswell High School and graduated with honors in 2003. Her mother and her brothers Freddie, Anthony, and Joshua reside in Roswell. Her brother, Joey, is deceased.

Sosa, also is a Roswell native, and was born to Freddie and Mary Sosa. He graduated from Goddard High School in Roswell 1981. He is married to Joyce Sosa, and his youngest daughter is Alyessa Self.

Many of Anderson’s and Sosa’s family members joined in the Saint Leo commencement celebration.

“Our educational journeys intertwined in a true relationship-mending, educational, spiritual, mental, and emotional chapter in both of our lives,” Anderson said of graduating at the same time as her father.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition and the timeless Benedictine wisdom that seeks balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit. The Saint Leo University of today is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited to award degrees ranging from the associate to the doctorate, and the faculty and staff guide all students to develop their capacities for critical thinking, moral reflection, and lifelong learning and leadership.


The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving nearly 12,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to downtown Tampa, to other sites in Florida and beyond, and maintains a physical presence in seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 93,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.