First Graduating Class of Sentinel Scholars Collegiate Academy Celebrates

LIVE OAK, FL (May 15, 2023) – On May 5, 2023, North Florida College celebrated its first graduating class of the Sentinel Scholars Collegiate Academy at the NFC Live Oak Location in Live Oak, Florida.

A ceremonial presentation was held during the celebration, where students from Branford High School and Suwannee High School were awarded custom stoles by NFC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Jennifer Page. The stoles will be worn with students’ cap and gown when they graduate from NFC.

“This achievement is simply outstanding,” stated Page. “The ability of these students to successfully balance both their high school and college course requirements along with extra-curricular and family obligations is no easy feat. I am thankful for the partnership we have with the Suwannee County School District, and I am proud of the collaboration between Branford High School, Suwannee High School, and North Florida College personnel. We wish our Sentinel Scholars Collegiate Academy graduates all the best as they move forward into the next chapter of their educational journey.”

Speakers, NFC President John Grosskopf and Suwannee County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Administration Malcolm Hines, addressed the students and their families, congratulating them on their accomplishment and encouraging them in their next steps.

These students will graduate spring 2023 with their high school diploma and an Associate in Arts degree.



NFC Sentinel Scholars Collegiate Academy students are all smiles after receiving their custom stoles to wear during graduation. (L to R): Brice Criggall (BHS), Juan Sandoval (BHS), Ariana Lane (BHS), Cayla Anastasio (SHS), Gracie Clements (SHS), Laura Watson (SHS)

Collegiate Academy Students

NFC President John Grosskopf offers encouragement to students as they become future leaders and work to achieve their dreams.

NFC President Grosskopf

Suwannee County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Administration Malcolm Hines presents to parents, guardians, and students; commending the hard work and coveted reward to receive an A.A. Degree while achieving a high school diploma.

Suwannee Co. Assistant Superintendent Hines

 The Sentinel Scholars Collegiate Academy is a collaboration between NFC and participating district high schools offering a structured program for dual enrolled students that leads to the awarding of an Associate in Arts Degree.  Students are invited to participate in the Collegiate Academy by meeting specific eligibility requirements. Upon enrollment, students follow a structured course map outlining their journey to the Associate in Arts degree.