5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 2, 2014

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 2, 2014.

(1) USF Graduation

The University of South Florida begins its spring commencement ceremonies on Friday.

The USF will confer almost 6,500 degree, the highest number ever during any single commencement in USF history.

The ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m. with the College of Arts & Sciences for departments A to E.

During the ceremony, Honors College Dean Stuart Silverman will receive the President's Fellow Medallion. Silverman is retiring after 44 years at USF. For the past 26 years, Silverman has served as the graduation announcer, reading nearly the names of nearly 100,000 graduates.

Graduation ceremonies continue at 6:00 p.m. with the College of Arts & Sciences for departments G to W.

USF System President Judy Genshaft will preside over all the graduation ceremonies at the USF Sun Dome:

For more information, visit usfweb2.usf.edu/commencement/ .

(2) HCC 45th Commencement Ceremony

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor will be the commencement speaker for the 45th annual Hillsborough Community College Commencement Exercise on Friday.

The graduation processional will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Expo Hall of the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The youngest HCC graduate is 17-year-old Savannah Vasquez. She is completing her Associate in Arts degree through the Dual Enrollment Program. The oldest graduate is 74-year-old Ann Klees who is receiving her College Credit Certificate in Drafting.

(3) Burger Showdown

Executive chefs from Tampa Bay area restaurants will vie for the title of Best Burger in the Bay during the Burger Showdown on Friday.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa.

Competing chefs are from: Danny's All America Diner; Eats American Grill; Ferg's Sports Bar; Green Iguana, James Joyce Irish Pub, Jaymer-Q-BBQ, Me and My Grillfriend; Mike's Smokehouse BBQ & Grill, Wayback Burgers at Fish Hawk Ranch and more.

You can enjoy unlimited burger and dessert sampling with the purchase of a $20 ticket. Each ticket holder will also receive five 5 oz. SweetWater Brewery beer samples.

Proceeds will support the Chamberlain High School Culinary Operations Academy Parent Booster Organization.

For more information or tickets, visit www.BurgerShowdown.org .

(4) Big Guava Music Festival

The 3-day Big Guava Music Festival opens at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday.

The festival features dozens of bands, unlimited free thrill rides, 40 food trucks, craft beers, unique art and more.

The Headlining acts are Outkast (Friday), Vampire Weekend (Saturday) and Foster The People (Sunday).

Other performers today include Cake, Sleigh Bells, Twenty One Pilots, Jake Miller, Smallpools, Nonono, Vic Mensa, Unlikely Candidates and Betty Who.

Bands taking the stage on Saturday include Slightly Stoopid, Tegan and Sara, Haim, and Blue October.

Also performing Sunday are Girl Talk, Violent Femmes, Grouplove, Walk the Moon, Earl Sweatshirt and Ms Mr.

Gates open at 3:00 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $75 a day or $165 for the weekend.

For more information, visit www.bigguavafest.com .

(5) Big Guava Music Festival food drive

People attending the Big Guava Music Festival can help out the neediest people in Tampa Bay community beginning on Friday.

During the 3-day festival, people who donate five non-perishable food times at the collection booth by the Will Call windows at the front gate of Fairgrounds will receive a beautifully designed Big Guava poster created by world renowned artist David Lebo.

The first 250 people to bring twenty items will receive a very special gift: a numbered original silkscreen print of Lebo's Big Guava poster.

The collection booth will be manned an hour before gates open each day and for five hours after gates open.

All the food items collected will be donated to Metropolitan Ministries of Tampa Bay.

Collection times are Friday 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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