5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 3

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, May 3.

(1) USF Graduation

Thousands of University of South Florida students will say adieu to college starting on Friday.

The first of five USF graduation ceremonies occurs at the USF Sun Dome this afternoon.

At 1:30 p.m. the USF School of Social Sciences will hold its graduation ceremony for undergraduates. This ceremony will be for students majoring in Africana Studies, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Environment & Planning, Government & International Affairs, Library & Information Sciences, Mass Communications, Psychology, Sociology and Women & Gender Studies.

At 6:00 p.m. the USF School of Humanities and USF School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics only will hold their graduation ceremonies for undergraduates. This ceremony will be for students majoring in Communication, English, History, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and World Languages.

Each ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes. No tickets are required to attend.

The graduation ceremonies for undergraduate students majoring in other degrees and all Masters or Doctoral candidates will be held on Saturday.

For a complete USF graduation schedule, visit usfweb2.usf.edu/commencement/.

(2) 32nd Annual Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service

The Clearwater Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 10 and the Clearwater Police Department will host the 32nd Annual Clearwater Police Officer Memorial Service on Friday

The service begins at 10:00 a.m. at Station Square Park in downtown Clearwater.

State Fraternal Order of Police President James Preston will serve as keynote speaker.

The memorial will honor Clearwater's four fallen officers: Officer Harry L. Conyers (1967), Officer Peter M. Price (1969), Officer John F. Passer (1970) and Officer Ronald J. Mahony (1977).

The memorial service is open to the public.

(3) 2013 Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regional

Purina brings the 2013 Incredible Dog Challenge Eastern Regional to St. Petersburg on Friday.

The two-day event will be held at Spa Beach Park today and Saturday.

The annual competition involves 70 dogs competing in five categories: agility, Frisbee, diving dock dogs, Jack Russell hurdle racing, and a dual weave course racing.

Three Tampa Bay canines and their handlers will compete in this weekend's event:

  • Blitz, a Border Collie and her handler, Jordan Connelly.
  • Snitch, a Golden Retriever, and handler Jill Baker.
  • Nitro, a Border Collie and handler Kelli Rossi.

St. Petersburg last hosted the Incredible Dog Challenge in 2010. For more information, visit www.proplan.com/community/incredible-dog-challenge.

(4) Funk Fest

Funk Fest 2013 kicks off in downtown Tampa on Friday night.

The two-day festival is moving from St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park to Tampa's Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this year.

Tonight's lineup includes, R&B group Jagged Edge, 1980s rap singer Doug E. Fresh and platinum R&B singer Keyshia Cole.

Saturday features hip-hop group Salt-n-Pepa, urban contemporary group Lisa & The Cult Jam, and R&B soul singer Anthony Hamilton.

General admission tickets are $40 a day or $65 for both days. Food and beverage tents will put up next door at Kiley Gardens.

Gates open tonight at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit funkfestconcerts.com/tampa/.

(5) Funshine Music Festival

The inaugural Funshine Music Festival opens at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Friday.

The three-day festival will feature more than 30 acts on six stages and more than 60 state-of-the-art thrill rides and attractions.

Today's concert schedule is as follows:

Concourse Stage

  • 6:55 p.m. - Roadkill Ghost Choir
  • 8:35 p.m. - Good Old War

Pavilion Stage

  • 7:45 p.m. - Dead Confederate
  • 9:55 p.m. - Youngblood Hawke

Expo Hall Stage

  • 6:40 p.m. - Cheap Trick
  • 8:35 p.m. - The Smashing Pumpkins

Amphitheatre Stage

  • 7:30 p.m. - Phillip Phillips
  • 9:35 p.m. - Train

Rides include a 100-foot-tall Ferris Wheel that holds six people per pod; the RC-48 Rollercoaster, the largest and fastest movable steel roller coaster in the United States; a White Water Flume Ride; 135-foot-tall drop tower; and the Orbiter, a G-Force spin ride.

Single day general admission tickets are $30.00. A 3-day admission pass is $65. Kids ages 6-11 are $15 a day. Children 5 and under are free. General parking will be $10 per car.

Gates open today at 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.funshinefestival.com.

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