Attorney Bob Puterbaugh To Receive Honorary Doctorate At FSC Winter Commencement

Dec 7, 2017

by Staff

Noted local attorney Bob Puterbaugh will be honored by Florida Southern College for his distinguished service to the community with an honorary degree at the college’s winter commencement ceremony on December 16.

Mr. Puterbaugh, a longtime partner in the firm of Peterson & Myers, P.A., will be honored with the degree of doctor of humane letters during the commencement ceremony for undergraduate students at 10:30 a.m. in Branscomb Auditorium.

Mr. Puterbaugh has served for many years as FSC’s legal counsel and also on its Board of Trustees. He is well known for his pro bono work and as an expert in the field of healthcare law, serving as senior counsel to the board of directors of Lakeland Regional Health Center. He also has been a vigorous supporter of the arts in Lakeland, especially the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College, where he is a past president.

“Mr. Puterbaugh has made an incredibly positive impact on Florida Southern College through his wise counsel throughout the institution,” said President Anne Kerr. “His wisdom, expertise, and sincere interest in superb education have resulted in many positive growth outcomes for Florida Southern. His professional success and important civic leadership are also major advantages for our entire community. We are privileged to recognize him at our commencement ceremony by awarding the well-deserved honorary doctorate.”

At commencement, the college will confer approximately 124 undergraduate degrees and approximately 92 graduate degrees. Of the graduate degrees, five will be doctoral degrees granted by the School of Education.

Due to the continued growth of its graduate program, FSC will for the first time hold a separate ceremony for its graduate students, which will take place at 2:30 p.m., also in Branscomb.

The guest speaker at both ceremonies will be architect Jeff Baker of the firm Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker of Albany, N.Y. Mr. Baker has been the architect for several projects involving the college’s collection of Frank Lloyd Wright structures, including the 2008 restoration of the Water Dome and the Theatre-in-the-Round. He also designed the college’s new admissions building, currently under construction along Lake Hollingsworth Drive.

During the morning ceremony, the college will confer the President’s Scholar medal upon one of its graduating seniors. The medal honors a graduate whose academic standing is in the top 1 percent, who exemplifies the values of the College, and who has a demonstrated commitment to scholarship, student leadership and service.

At each commencement, a Senior Speaker, representing the senior class, addresses the convocation. This year the Senior Speaker will be Gabriella Scoleri from Ocoee, Fla., who is graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Musical Theatre.