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State Legislator to Address Saint Leo University Grads


State Legislator to Address Saint Leo University Grads

at May 22 Commencement Ceremony in Madison

MADISON, FL–State Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-7th District, will give the commencement address to Saint Leo University’s Madison Education Center graduates at 7 p.m., Friday, May 22. The ceremony will be at Van H. Priest Auditorium on the North Florida Community College campus in Madison, FL.

About 50 members of the Class of 2015 will receive their degrees during the commencement, including three students who will earn their master’s degrees.

Giving the Class of 2015 farewell will be Heidi Scuglia and Hunter Mead. Scuglia, from Mayo, FL, will graduate summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education. Mead also will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in human services. She is from Jasper, FL. Both students were selected to address their class because they hold the highest GPAs of the Madison Education Center’s 2015 graduates.

State Rep. Beshears was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2014. He represents House District 7— the largest geographical district in the state—which consists of Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Jefferson, Lafayette, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties, as well as a portion of Leon County.

He is chair of the Business and Professions Subcommittee, is vice chair of Energy and Utilities Subcommittee, and serves on the Rulemaking Oversight and Repeal Subcommittee, Regulatory Affairs Committee, and the Joint Commission on Public Counsel Oversight.

Beshears is the owner of Sunshine Cycles and is an avid and competitive cyclist. He served as president of Total Landscape Supply through August 2013 and as CFO of Simpson Nurseries through May 2014.

As a legislator, he was a 2013 recipient of the Leadership Award from the Small County Coalition and was selected as the 2013 Florida Forestry Association’s Legislator of the Year.

State Rep. Beshears is a resident of Monticello in Jefferson County. He and his wife, Cristi, have three daughters, Grace, Turner, and Suzanne. His family was named Farm Bureau Family of Jefferson County in 2008.

Located on the campus of North Florida Community College, 325 N.W. Turner Davis Drive, the Madison Education Center offers flexible class schedules, affordable tuition, outstanding faculty and an environment tailored to busy adult students. Christy Roebuck is the center director.

About Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University is a regionally accredited, liberal-arts-based institution known for an inclusive Catholic heritage, enduring values, and capacity for innovation. The school was chartered in 1889 by Catholic Benedictine monks in rural Pasco County, FL, making Saint Leo the first Catholic college in the state. Over its more than 125-year history, Saint Leo has provided access to education to people of all faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Today the university welcomes learners from all generations and backgrounds, from civilian occupations and the armed forces, and from across the country and more than 60 nations around the world. Saint Leo’s 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students may elect to study at the beautiful University Campus in Florida, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven states, or online from other locations. The university’s degree programs range from the associate to the doctorate. Throughout these rich offerings, Saint Leo develops principled leaders for a challenging world.

Saint Leo University boasts more than 70,000 alumni in all 50 states, Washington, DC, three U.S. territories, and 70 countries.


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