Tampa Bay’s Commencement Ceremony


Tampa Bay Campus – Commencement Ceremony 2017

On July 28th 2017, Schiller Tampa Bay proudly held their Annual Commencement Ceremony.  Almost 75 graduates crossed the stage with over 200 hundred family and friends cheering them on.  The Schiller graduates came from all over the world, including: America, India, Kenya, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and many more.  As Nithin Sujay Portabulla (the student speaker) explained, “We came [to the USA] with a tinge of fear along with a lot of excitement.  The reason was simple, we were alone, and stepping into an entirely new country we have never been before, so fear just tags along with the excitement.  But when we left this institution, we were filled with a lot of confidence and a tremendous amount of courage”.  That theme was augmented by the Keynote speaker Keith Overton, a Schiller Alumni and former faculty-member, who is currently President of the largest resort on the west coast of Florida, TradeWinds Resort; he advised the graduates on 7 key points that will simplify the professional world and assist in achieving each individual’s goals and dreams.

Dreams are what these individuals fulfilled that night by crossing the Schiller stage.  It could be seen in the graduate’s and loved one’s eyes that they were filled with pride and joy.  To see the one time student’s transition to the graduate is a joy that the staff and faculty strive for every day.  This made it a special moment in history for all involved.

Now these special Schiller individuals will go out among other professionals and, in the words of the 2016 – 2017 Valedictorian, Bianca Zarybnisky, “Let’s all take the knowledge we received from this program, coupled with the friendships and ideas we have discussed through our different backgrounds and culture, and make a difference in not only our lives, but in the lives of others.”

Congratulations Schiller Class of 2016 – 2017!!!!! 

Introducing our New Student Activities Council Leaders

Please welcome the new 2017 Student Activities Council (SAC)  leaders of the Tampa Bay Campus!

The students who will be proudly representing Schiller, Tampa Bay are:

Luisa Kapuito – President –Country of origin: Angola – Seated

Taiwo Adekeye – Vice President – Country of Origin:  Nigeria – Right Standing

Taha Eladaba – Treasurer – Country of Origin:  Libya – Center Standing

Agnelo Quitadica – Secretary – Country of Origin:  Angola – Left Standing

SAC is a student-run organization whose primary function is to plan and facilitate cultural, social, recreational, and educational events at Schiller International University.  SAC is responsive to student interest, with a primary goal of fostering campus community and unity throughout Schiller.  The representatives from this organization work as ambassadors for the students.  These particular students assist in planning and executing student events.

The SAC encourages you to stop and speak with them about any events/plans happening, or ideas you have for the student community.

Keith Overton

Schiller Alumni Keith Overton speaks at Tampa Bay Commencement

It was with great honor and privilege that the faculty, staff, families and friends of the Schiller International University’s Tampa Bay Campus celebrated the graduation of almost 150 graduates on Friday July 28, 2017: it was a special night from beginning to end, highlighted by the Keynote Speaker, Keith Overton, a Schiller Alumni. Keith Overton is President of TradeWinds Island Resorts – the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, Guy Harvey Outpost St. Pete Beach, and the restaurant concept RumFish Grill. TradeWinds Island Resorts is collectively the largest resort on the west coast of Florida with over 1,100+ employees and has nationwide notable brand recognition. A native of Kissimmee/Orlando, Florida, Overton is a graduate of Schiller International University’s MBA program in International Hotel and Tourism Management from Schiller International University and an adjunct instructor at Schiller from 1996 – 2007. He has also served on the Board of Directors for many notable organizations such as: American Hotel & Lodging Association, Tampa Bay Watch’s Board of Directors, the Board of Visitors for the Florida Institute of Oceanography and is the founder of Athletes for Hearts.

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New Technology and Hospitality Internship Opportunities in Tampa Bay

Technology and Hospitality Internship

In order to help our students gain work experience here in the United States, we offer all our students the opportunity to apply for New Technology and Hospitality Internship Opportunities in Tampa Bay.  Currently, we have three new internship opportunities; one in the Information Technology (IT) field and two in the Hospitality and Tourism field.  Tampa Bay Campus students have found intern positions at these locations previously and all three companies have Schiller graduates currently working for them.

Information Technology (IT)

An internship with this local tech company will help you learn the ins and outs of IT consulting from a management point of view, aid in research of various legal and B2B service matters, as well as learn the day to day responsibilities of running a small business office.

Hospitality and Tourism

A popular hotel here in the Greater Tampa Bay area has an internship opportunity that will provide students the experience of learning the responsibilities of all hotel departments, from housekeeping to management.

At this esteemed country club, your internship duties will include rotations through the golf department, merchandise center, pool area, tennis courts, pickle ball and croquet courts, as well as the food and beverage areas.

For more details, please contact SIU’s Tampa Bay Campus:

Career Services Department
8560 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Phone: 727-736-5082 or Toll Free at 1-855-787-2262
Manager: Gloria Moranski,

Schiller’s Tampa Bay Campus Partners with e-Hired

Schiller International University’s Tampa Bay Campus Partners with e-Hired, a web-based employment platform used by both employers and job candidates.  e-Hired is an industry partner with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as the U.S. Department of Education.  With this partnership, each Schiller graduate has their own profile on the site which allows us to enter up to five zip codes to filter job leads in that particular area on a daily basis.  If a graduate relocates to a different city, we can go into the student’s profile and update the zip codes to reflect their preferred employment location.  This is a wonderful opportunity that is afforded to our graduates through our Career Services Department.

For more details, please contact SIU’s Tampa Bay Campus:

Career Services Department
8560 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Phone: 727-736-5082 or Toll Free at 1-855-787-2262
Manager: Gloria Moranski,