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FSW to Celebrate Spring 2019 Commencement

Apr 26, 2019

APRIL 25, 2019 – FORT MYERS, FLA – Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW) will hold its Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 3, in the Suncoast Credit Union Arena. A total of 3,278 students will earn their degrees. Nearly 1,000 graduates have registered to participate in this year’s commencement ceremonies.

Student Lindsay Guzman will serve as the commencement speaker for the baccalaureate, associate in science degree, and college credit certificate program commencement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m.

Guzman is a first-generation college student and was the recipient of the FSW Foundation’s Mina Edison Scholarship. She completed her bachelor’s in elementary education degree requirements in December 2018 and is currently a third grade teacher at Manatee Elementary School.

Student Samantha Fitzpatrick will serve as the commencement speaker during the associate in arts degree and audio technology certificate program commencement ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.

Fitzpatrick studied at FSW’s Collier Campus where she served as the president of the Collier Campus’ chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She was also a peer mentor and participated in FSW’s Leadership Academy. Fitzpatrick will attend FGCU in the fall.

The Suncoast Credit Union Arena has implemented new security measures for all arena events including walk-through metal detectors and bag restrictions. These security measures will be implemented during FSW’s commencement ceremonies.

Balloons, air horns and noise makers of any kind are prohibited inside the arena. Flowers are permitted.

Guests are encouraged not to bring bags into the arena. This includes backpacks, purses, briefcases, duffle bags or coolers. Guests that choose to bring a bag will be able to bring in the following:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12”x 6”x 12”
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bags with or without handle or strap and does not exceed 4.5”x 6.5”
  • Diaper bags (with child) after inspection
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items that cannot fit into a clear plastic bag, after proper inspection

Guests will be asked to return non-approved bags or other prohibited items to their vehicle prior to arena entry. There is no check-in location for prohibited bags or items at the arena. For a full list of prohibited items, visit


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and most affordable institution of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees and professional certifications, several with 100 percent licensure pass and job placements rates. Study and travel abroad opportunities are available for students through FSW’s Center for International Education. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW will debut its first Women’s Volleyball program in Fall 2019. Visit for more information.

Last Updated: April 26, 2019

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