May 2017


Commencement Events Set May 25-26 

The 2017 Commencement of New College of Florida will be held Friday, May 26, beginning at 7 p.m. on the College’s Bayfront.

This year’s Commencement Speaker and recipient of an honorary degree will be the noted composer and scholar, George E. Lewis, the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 140 recordings.

2017 Commencement Schedule
THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017
4-6 p.m.: President’s reception for graduates, their family and faculty
College Hall

FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2017
10 a.m.: Graduation Rehearsal (Mandatory)
Bayfront Campus

11 a.m.: Alumnae/i Toast to Graduates
Bayfront Campus

5-6:30 p.m.: Light reception for visiting alumnae/i
Keating Center

7 p.m.: Graduation Ceremony

A reception sponsored by the New College Student Alliance will immediately follow Commencement on the Bayfront.

Read more here.

Research celebrated at New Scholars

New Scholars is an annual spring celebration of student research and thesis work.

The 2017 New Scholars Showcase will be held May 19 in the Harry Sudakoff Conference Center. Presentations begin at 10 a.m.

Download the Showcase schedule here.

This event celebrates the philosophy that student work should be viewed beyond the classroom walls, not only to their peers but to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities at-large. It is the embodiment of New College of Florida’s mission, which offers an education rich in hands-on research, student-faculty collaboration and independent study.

New College Hosts Scholarship Brunch

The National Council of Jewish-Women (NCJW) Sarasota – Manatee Section held its 17th annual scholarship brunch, April 30 at New College’s historic Bayfront campus.

Seventy-four members and supporters of NCJW, including a number of the area’s top philanthropists, gathered to celebrate individuals awarded nontraditional student scholarships to local students who have returned to school after a hiatus in need of financial assistance.

“I am thrilled that we have so many of us in this room today. For me it means that you understand and value the power of education in transforming lives,” said Jessica Rogers, New College associate vice president of advancement, and NCJW’s scholarship committee chair.

State College of Florida President Carol Probstfeld gave the keynote address and shared details of the collaboration between SCF and New College, along with other area colleges as part of the Consortium of Colleges on the Creative Coast, or C4.

Earlier this year, the NCJW honored two revered members of the New College family. In January, New College Foundation board member Sue Jacobson and adjunct faculty member Lisa Merritt were celebrated at NCJW’s 35th Annual Women in Power luncheon held at Michael’s on East along with two other awardees, for their powerful, female leadership in the Sarasota and Manatee communities.

Over the past three and a half decades, many recipients have had close connections to New College including our current Board of Trustees Chair Felice Schulaner ‘78, current Foundation Board Director Renee Hamad, former Foundation Board Director Christine Jennings and the late professor Peggy Bates.

The 2017 Women in Power honorees Sue Jacobson, Dr. Lisa Merritt, KT Curran and Bunny Skirboll.

The 2017 Women in Power honorees Sue Jacobson, Dr. Lisa Merritt, KT Curran and Bunny Skirboll.

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Chapter Events

The New College of Florida Alumnae/i Association’s chapter program is designed to strengthen the relationship of alumnae/i with the life of the College. Chapter events and regional online chapter groups provide opportunities for alumnae/i  to participate in social, recreational and educational programs that encourage professional and social networking.

Alumnae/i interested in participating in organizing chapter events and activities are supported by NCAA staff and the communication/events board liaison. These individuals are your link to information about NCAA and the benefits, services and advice that will help make your chapter event a success.

Upcoming Chapter Events

May 20, St. Petersburg, FL; Join New College Alumnae/i at Tropicana Field as the Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees. This special alumnae/i night has select press level tickets available for $35 and includes a free hat. Tickets are available up to May 18th. Reserve your seats here.

May 26, Sarasota, FL; Join fellow alums for a light reception on Commencement day at The Keating Center. The reception will run from 5-6: 30 p.m. before the graduation ceremony.

Previous Events

Feb. 25, Chicago: Alumnae/i gathered at 11:30 a.m. for lunch before at Lovely Kitchen and Cafe, located two blocks from National Improv tournament venue, Vittum Theater. New College’s very own team, “Comedy Friends!” competed in the tournament and placed fourth nationally!

Feb. 2, New York: Alums and students attended the UN Youth Assembly for a special gathering at The Perfect Pint.

Jan. 21, Washington, D.C.; Alums and students on ISP met at the home of NCAA Board Member Jordan Clark ’04.

Jan. 10, Tallahassee: Welcome reception and kickoff for the 2017 Semester in Tallahassee program hosted by Gene Rivers ’74 at Keller Williams Town and Country Realty.


If you have any recommendations on a location or are interested in attending a specific gathering please email!

To let the Foundation know of an upcoming event, or to RSVP for chapter events please contact the NCAA at or 941-487-4684.

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