Press Release for Wednesday, December 1, 2004

UNF to Graduate Almost 1,050

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- The University of North Florida will honor one of its student athletes when it recognizes almost 1,050 graduates during the fall commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 10, at the UNF Arena.

Josh Bowling will receive the Fall 2004 Senior Service Award from the UNF Alumni Association and will be among the graduates of the Coggin College of Business, the College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Health ceremony at 7 p.m. The College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction have their ceremony at 3 p.m. Also during the 3 p.m. ceremony, five NROTC students will be recognized.

The University expects to award almost 780 bachelor’s degrees, more than 260 master’s degrees and six doctorates this term.

Bowling, who is from Gainesville and resides in the Southside area of Jacksonville, will graduate with a degree in accounting. He has balanced his academic achievements while playing basketball. He has received academic recognition through the Dean’s List and the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. UNF Athletics participates in the Peach Belt Conference. He also has lettered in basketball the last four years and worked as the student assistant coach.

He is active in community events, including The Jay Fund and UNF Student Athlete Days. For The Jay Fund, which aids families that have a child with cancer, Bowling has helped with its annual golf tournaments and silent auctions. It’s the UNF Student Athlete Days, however, that has had the most impact on Bowling. The event brings underprivileged children to UNF to have fun while stressing the importance of an active lifestyle. Bowling said the event may have more of an impact on the athletes than the children, who remind the athletes of the joy of playing sports without being overly competitive.

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