Fortis College, Tampa Holds Graduation Ceremony


Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:51 PM

More than 200 students will graduate from Fortis College, Tampa during commencement exercises Saturday, June 25, at the Florida Center East and Botanical Gardens on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla.  A capping and pinning ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. for 47 nursing graduates (LPN and Associate in Science – RN students), followed by the graduation ceremony at 4 p.m.

Mrs. Rosa Cambridge, a retired Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office nurse and founder and president of the Black Nurses Association of Tampa Bay, will speak to nursing graduates at their capping and pinning ceremony.  The commencement keynote speaker will be Catherine M. Lynch, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of South Florida.

Graduation is the culmination of 203 individual stories of personal and academic accomplishment, including that of Amy Jo Vozza.  Vozza, who was married about a year ago, had to complete her courses knowing her husband, previously stationed at McDill Air Force Base, was serving overseas in Kuwait.  Plans are in the works to see that Amy and her husband are reunited in Tampa for her graduation and as an early anniversary present.

The Florida Center will be filled with graduates who have their own success stories to share.

Commencement speaker Dr. Catherine Lynch received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her M.D. from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  Prior to her current position at USF, she served as Co-Medical Director of the Women’s Cancer Screening Center at Tampa General Hospital.  Certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Lynch is active in various community and professional programs, is widely published, and has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards.

Rosa Cambridge is a 27-year veteran of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, where she served as chief medical officer (Exposures – Blood-borne Pathogens Infectious Disease Instructor), director of nursing and medical coordinator, among other positions.  She received an associate’s degree from Gibbs Junior College in St. Petersburg and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Tampa.  President of the Tampa Bay Black Nurses Association and BSNAP2, she also is a member of the Tampa Urban League, among other community affiliations.