PENSACOLA — The University of West Florida will celebrate a significant milestone at the Fall 2018 Commencement today, awarding the 100,000th degree since the institution opened in 1967.

“Fifty-one years ago, UWF opened its doors and classes began,” President Martha Saunders said. “At our first graduation ceremony in June 1968, 58 graduates received their bachelor’s degrees. During Saturday’s ceremony, we will confer the 100,000th degree from UWF. I think it is fitting that we celebrate this achievement as a community of learners.”

Saunders will confer 1,777 degrees upon graduates from five academic colleges and the graduate school, resulting in a total of 100,305 degrees conferred in UWF's history. The three ceremonies will take place at the Pensacola Bay Center at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

UWF alumna and Trustee Jill Singer is this year’s featured speaker. Singer is vice president for national security at AT&T Government. She earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1984 and master’s degree in systems analysis in 1985.

“UWF’s ongoing commitment to education, research, life-long learning and community is extremely impressive and has a remarkable impact on the region and a growing impact on the country,” Singer said. “As an alumna, I’m honored to carry a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UWF. As a trustee, I’m honored to take part in the continued growth of UWF as a premier national and international university.”

To learn more about commencement, visit uwf.edu/commencement. To watch the livestream video, visit wuwf.org/2018-fall-commencement.