Sponsored by the USF Alumni Association, the Outstanding Graduate Award is open to USFSP Baccalaureate degree candidates who are nominated by their Academic College. Candidates must have at least a 3.5 GPA or higher. It recognizes one graduating senior each semester, who has demonstrated exceptional achievements in the areas of leadership, community service, work experience, and school spirit. The President of the University System and a representative of the USF Alumni Association recognize the Outstanding Graduate during the USFSP Commencement exercises. The Outstanding Graduate is honored as a special guest at Commencement and is seated on stage with the distinguished platform party during the ceremony.