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Press Release for Monday, July 30, 2012

UNF Student Honored for Service at Summer Commencement

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida will honor a student with an outstanding record of volunteerism when it hands out more than 750 degrees Friday, Aug. 3, during summer commencement at the UNF Arena.

Southside resident Peggy Carre, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, will be recognized as the recipient of the Senior Service Award for the summer graduating class. The UNF Alumni Association presents the Senior Service Award to a graduating senior for outstanding volunteer service to the University or community.

“Growing up, volunteering was something you just did because you were supposed to. My experiences at UNF have grown in me a desire to serve others and to truly appreciate all that I have. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have been blessed with and look forward to continuing to serve my community, my city and UNF,” said Carre.

She enjoys all aspects of volunteering, with her two favorite experiences being the Clara White Mission and events with the Coggin Student Ambassadors. At Clara White, Carre assisted with economic-development research for the mission’s organic garden. This research highlighted the value the farm would bring to the community and was used to help with writing federal grants. She also pulled weeds and harvested vegetables in the garden next to those who rely on the mission daily and was humbled to hear their stories of hardships and triumphs.

As a Coggin Student Ambassador, Carre served as a liaison to companies recruiting on the UNF campus, making sure their needs were met and their events were successful. She was also responsible for student interactions with these companies, which included resume reviews, mock interviews and event marketing. 

Carre joined Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity her first semester at UNF and almost immediately began assuming various leadership responsibilities. She served in numerous positions, including vice president of pledge education, vice president of alumni relations and vice president of professional activities. Additionally, she volunteered for events like Relay for Life, Adopt-a-Road Clean-up and Make a Difference Day. She also spent several weekends volunteering with Florida Fish and Wild Life’s Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp, teaching children how to fish safely and understand Florida laws.

The ceremony for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will be held at 11 a.m. The Brooks College of Health, Coggin College of Business and the College of Education and Human Services will hold their ceremony at 3 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held at the UNF Arena.

The University expects to award a total of 787 bachelor’s degrees, 165 master’s degrees and six doctorates this term. Including the summer 2012 graduates, UNF has issued a total of 59,071 bachelor’s degrees, 16,058 master’s degrees and 272 doctorates since first opening its doors in 1972.