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Ruskin Commencement

  • The Ruskin, Florida Commencement will be held on  Saturday, May 15 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center.

    Schedule of Events

    Time Event  Location
    9:30 a.m. Graduate Mass Prince of Peace Catholic Church

    702 Valley Forge Boulevard
    Sun City Center, Florida 33573

    1 p.m. Ceremony Bradenton Area Convention Center
    1Haben Boulevard
    Palmetto, Florida 34221
    View Program


    Guest Policy

    Due to state and local COVID-19 restrictions, each graduate is permitted four guests to attend the ceremony in-person to celebrate this exciting milestone. Guest tickets will be provided at regalia pickup and must be shown upon entering the venue to attend the Commencement ceremony.

    Mask Mandate

    In accordance with CDC recommendations, masks must be worn throughout the ceremony by both participants and guests.


    A livestream of the events will be provided for additional family members and those unable to attend in-person.

    Photo Submission

    Do you have any photos of you or your friends that are graduating in May? If so, please share them with us to display on the screens during Commencement. Photos can be emailed to Please submit all photos by April 23.

    Commencement Speaker

    Julie Kleber '11BSN, RN, BMTCN 
    Oncology nurse
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City

    Julie KleberJulie Kleber '11BSN, RN, BMTCN graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing in 2011 from Gannon University, where she was also a student-athlete on the women's basketball team. Following graduation, Kleber moved to New York City to pursue a career as an oncology nurse on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

    Kleber said she has fond memories of her time at Gannon. In 2010, she and her teammates played in the NCAA Division II Regional Championship. Being a student-athlete and nursing student allowed Kleber to form important friendships and bonds that led her outside of her shell and feel comfortable in her own skin. Kleber said that "everyone I interacted with at the University was authentic and genuine" and that she has felt valued as a member of the Gannon family since her first day as a student.

    Kleber said her time at Gannon instilled her with a spirit of caring for others and giving back. This has become woven into the fabric of her hard work, adaptability and resiliency that she learned while managing athletics, education and personal time.

    Kleber advises current students to "be comfortable being uncomfortable" and adds that "it is important to put yourself in new situations. Gannon, and college in general, is your training ground for life and there are many uncomfortable situations that will happen post-graduation. This will help inspire and fuel you, while also allowing you to develop the habits that will cement your foundation of life."

    Kleber returned to Gannon to present "Lessons from the Bedside: Adaptability and Intentionality" during the University's 2020 Distinguished Alumni Nursing Lecture Series. She is also a proud member of the Gannon University National Alumni Board of Directors.

    A lifelong learning, Kleber earned an environmental health certificate in May 2018 from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and is currently pursuing her master's in nursing leadership and healthcare systems from the University of Colorado.

    In her free time, Kleber enjoys traveling, pursuing health and wellness, and sampling delicious varieties of cheese.