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Flagler College-Tallahassee Commencement to be held Dec. 15 at Tallahassee Community College

Dec 13, 2019

On Sunday, Dec. 15, Flagler College-Tallahassee will hold their 2019 Fall Commencement at Turner Auditorium on the campus of Tallahassee Community College campus. A total of 78 students will receive bachelor degrees in one of the College’s following programs: Accounting, Business, Elementary Education, and Strategic Communication.

The commencement speaker will be Skip Foster, the 10th publisher of the Tallahassee Democrat. Foster has been in that post for almost five years since coming to Tallahassee from Ft. Walton Beach in 2013. Previously, he was publisher of the North Florida Daily News. A native of Lakeland, FL., Skip began his career as a sportswriter and spent the first 24 years of his career in Gastonia and Shelby, North Carolina. He served as editor of the Shelby Star from 1997-2007 and then as publisher of that newspaper from 2007-2013.

Skip was an active member of the Shelby, N.C., Rotary Club for 16 years and served on many organizations’ boards in Florida and North Carolina, including the Florida Press Association and the Greater Cleveland County (N.C.) United Way, which awarded him the H. Eugene LeGrand Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to the Community Foundation of North Florida, he is currently a board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Press Association and is immediate past board chair of the United Way of the Big Bend. He has also served on the Florida First Amendment Foundation Board and has been active with the Poynter Institute where he was a 2002 Ethics Fellow and helped write Poynter’s “Journalism without Scandal” report in 2003.

After less than two years as publisher of the Democrat, Skip was awarded Gannett’s company-wide leadership award for his work leading the newspaper to financial and journalistic success.

Skip is a 1988 graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He is married to former North Carolina District Court Judge Anna (Dina) Foster, who is now an attorney at the Pennington Law Firm. The Fosters are the proud parents of one daughter, Mary Frances, who works at Moore Communications in Tallahassee and two sons, Matthew and Will, who are in school.

Graduates and faculty will process at 1:45 p.m. from the Workforce Development Building to Turner Auditorium on the TCC Campus. The commencement ceremony begins at 2 p.m. on Dec. 15 and is not open to the public.

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