Florida Southern College will hold its Winter Commencement exercises on Saturday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. in the Branscomb Auditorium. Of the approximately 163 degrees to be awarded, 44 will be graduate degrees in business, education, and nursing.
Kevin M. Hyman, the executive vice president of operations of Bright House Networks, will be the commencement speaker, and Florida Southern College Trustee David P. Lyons, founder and chairman of Saddle Creek Logistics Services, will be presented with the honorary Doctor of Business degree.
Mr. Hyman oversees all operations including customer service, field operations, marketing, sales, finance, communications and government relations for Bright House, the nation’s sixth largest cable operator. He is also responsible for Bright House Networks’ award-winning 24-hour news channels and sports channel: News 13 in Orlando, Bay News 9 and Bright House Network Sports. He is a 29-year veteran of the television industry and joined Time Warner Cable, the predecessor to Bright House Networks, in 1989. He is actively engaged in the community and serves on numerous boards that include the Board of Enterprise Florida and the Florida Cable Television Association. Mr. Hyman was awarded his undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Northern Colorado and his graduate degree in Economics from the University of Rhode Island
Mr. Lyons, a graduate of the University of Florida, was inducted into the Tampa Bay Business Hall of Fame in 2004, and was among the Florida finalists for Ernst & Young’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He founded the company, formerly known as Saddle Creek Corporation, in 1966. It now employs more than 2,500 associates and operates more than 16 million square feet of space in 37 locations nationwide, with core services of warehousing, transportation, packaging, and fulfillment. The company has recently received several industry awards, including recognition by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America, and is widely recognized as a leader in the use of alternative fuels for freight transportation.
At each commencement, a Senior Speaker, representing the senior class, addresses the convocation. This year the Senior Speaker will be Danielle Snodgrass from Fairfax, Va., who is receiving a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations.
During the commencement ceremony, one of the graduating seniors will be presented the President’s Scholar medal. The medal honors a graduate whose academic standing is in the top 1 percent, who exemplifies the values of the College, and who has a demonstrated commitment to scholarship, student leadership and service.