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The University of South Florida will wrap up the summer semesters with a pair of commencement ceremonies in Tampa Saturday. More than 2,700 students from across all three campuses will receive their degrees in the school's 112th convocation.

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Almost 6,500 students from across the University of South Florida System will receive their degrees this weekend during nine ceremonies in the school's 111th commencement convocation. 

Mark Schreiner / WUSF Public Media

It's a busy three-day weekend for the University of South Florida system as the school confers almost 4,200 degrees during the fall 2015 commencement ceremonies.

According to USF officials, the Tampa campus will award 2,467 bachelor’s, 920 master’s and 130 doctoral degrees during four ceremonies Friday and Saturday.

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The University of South Florida will confer more than 2,800 degrees to students from its three campuses this weekend.

There are two ceremonies scheduled for Saturday at the USF Sun Dome, one at 9 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m.

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While University of South Florida students taking part in spring commencement ceremonies wear caps and gowns made out of recycled materials for the first time, graduation history will be made in other ways as well.

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When thousands of University of South Florida students walk across the stage to receive their diplomas this week, they will be helping to reduce environmental waste.

USF Student Government voted this year to use caps and gowns made from 100 percent recycled materials. Each set is made from about 23 plastic bottles.

With more than 6,300 students in the USF System graduating this week, that translates into the recycling of 150-thousand bottles.

Photo courtesy of Jihad Saadeh

We first met University of South Florida student Noor Shakfeh after she spent her spring break in Syria helping at a refugee camp along the Turkish border almost two years ago.