Jacksonville University holds fall commencement ceremony

Published On: Dec 16 2012 06:02:16 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 16 2012 11:47:01 AM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

In its largest fall commencement ever, Jacksonville University awarded 389 degrees in a ceremony on Saturday.

It was JU's largest fall commencement ever and over half of the undergraduate degrees were awarded in nursing, while 51 of the 80 graduate degrees were awarded to master of business administration recipients.

Director of News and Publications Kevin Hogencamp said the graduates hailed from 28 states and five foreign countries.

Saturday also marked the final commencement ceremony for outgoing JU President Kerry Romesburg, who is retiring in February.

Hogencamp said Romesburg arrived at JU in 2004 during one of the most turbulent financial periods in the university's history and is credited with putting JU on track for long-term stability and growth.

Hogencamp added that Marc Anthony Cribb received the Fred B. Noble Medal for Scholarship awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average, 4.0.

The keynote speaker was Jacksonville businessman Ronald Autrey.

His message to the graduates? Never stop learning.