Southern holds mid-year
(Dec. 17, 2001) - Two hundred nine Florida Southern College students
received diplomas at mid-year graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec.
15 in Branscomb Auditorium. Hazel Haley, a Lakeland Senior High
School English teacher for 62 years and 1997 inductee into the Polk
County Schools Hall of Fame, delivered the commencement address.
Haley is a 1937 graduate of Florida Southern.
included 120 from the college's traditional day program, 36 from
the Lakeland evening program, and 46 from the Orlando program. Seven
students received their MBA's. Fifty-two students received honors,
with 21 summa cum laude, 16 magna cum laude, and 15 cum laude.
Haley and FSC
graduate Robert Arthur Riedel '47, a faculty member of the Dedman
School of Hospitality at Florida State University, received honorary
degrees. Haley was presented with a Doctor of Humane Letters degree
for her remarkable career and talents as a classroom teacher. Riedel
received a Doctor of Business degree in recognition of his career
of service and leadership in the hospitality industry.
one of the state's outstanding teachers, was inducted into the Polk
County Schools Hall of Fame in 1997 and received the Hollis Award
for Community Service in 1998. She was honored with a named scholarship
at Polk Community College and recognized with a building named for
her on the Lakeland Senior High School campus.
included service in all the elective chairs of the Florida Hotel
and Motel Association and the Florida Restaurant Association, and
the presidency of the American Hotel and Motel Association, both
subsidiaries of that association, the Educational Institute, and
the American Hotel Foundation.
Hotel and Motel Association awarded Riedel with its prestigious
Arthur Landstreet Steuben "Excalibur" Award for exceptional
merit on behalf of hospitality education. He was named recipient
of the 2001 Paul Brown Award for Distinguished Service to Hospitality
Education, recognizing his initiation of the Florida State University
Summer Hospitality Academy.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.