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PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

Palm Beach State College student Sharene Smith sat on a front row seat in a campus conference room watching her younger sister as she addressed a group of faculty and administrators.
The 65-year-old Boca Raton woman was supposed to be speaking that day. But two weeks before she was scheduled to present her capstone project – the final step toward fulfilling her lifelong dream of a bachelor’s degree – she had a setback. Last year’s radiation treatment for her second bout with cancer paralyzed one of her vocal cords, … Continue reading PBSC grad doesn’t let cancer stop her from finishing degree

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Deutch and Frankel to speak at PBSC fall commencement

U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch and Lois Frankel, who were both recently re-elected, will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 20 for more than 2,700  graduates.
Deutch, who  currently represents Florida’s 21st Congressional District covering communities throughout western Palm Beach and Broward counties, will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 1,325 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. … Continue reading Deutch and Frankel to speak at PBSC fall commencement

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PBSC confers more than 2,400 degrees

Palm Beach State College conferred more than 2,400 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies Monday at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater delivered the keynote address at the morning commencement ceremony for graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. State Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the 1,440 Associate in Arts degree graduates who comprise nearly 60 percent of the graduating class. … Continue reading PBSC confers more than 2,400 degrees

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Atwater, Sachs to speak at PBSC commencement May 9

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Sen. Maria Sachs will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College spring commencement ceremonies May 9.
The College will hold two ceremonies at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the more than 2,400 graduates. Atwater will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 984 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. … Continue reading Atwater, Sachs to speak at PBSC commencement May 9

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Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,600 fall graduates during two commencement ceremonies today.
Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, was the keynote speaker. She told graduates that she started her higher education at then Miami Dade Community College, where she played basketball.
“Today, I’m at Palm Beach State College as the chancellor of the same system that gave me an opportunity,’’ she said, later noting that 53 percent of Florida’s university juniors and seniors came from the 28 community and state colleges in the Florida College System. … Continue reading Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”

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Father and his two sons to cross stage together at PBSC commencement

When Donald Gray Jr. crosses the stage Friday to celebrate the completion of his Associate in Science degree in Nursing from Palm Beach State College, his two sons will be right behind him.
Gray, 52, and his youngest son, Nicholas, 23, completed their degree this summer and have secured jobs at Palm Beach County hospitals. His oldest son, Donald III, 25, finished his degree this fall term. They will celebrate their achievement together at Palm Beach State’s commencement at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Father and his two sons to cross stage together at PBSC commencement

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Florida College System chancellor to speak at commencement

Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, will be the keynote speaker at two commencement ceremonies Dec. 18 for Palm Beach State College’s more than 2,600 fall graduates.
The first ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the 1,219 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs along with the certificate programs. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. … Continue reading Florida College System chancellor to speak at commencement

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Gallon gives final address to last of the 75,044 graduates during his tenure

Palm Beach State College President Dennis Gallon delivered his final commencement remarks during two ceremonies Monday, telling the spring graduates that he hopes their time at the College was a “period of personal transformation that will never end.”
He shared his own story of being a high school student growing up in the rural town of Monticello with his mind set on being a professional drummer before attending college and discovering his passion for education. “You should have a script in life to follow, … Continue reading Gallon gives final address to last of the 75,044 graduates during his tenure

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PBSC President Dennis Gallon to confer his final diplomas May 11

Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies May 11 for the 2,838 students in the last graduating class under President Dennis Gallon’s 18-year tenure.
The first ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the 1,562 Associate in Arts transfer degree graduates, which represents 55 percent of the class. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for the 1,276 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs and the certificate programs. … Continue reading PBSC President Dennis Gallon to confer his final diplomas May 11

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Woman loses eyesight but not her focus on completing education

Despite suddenly losing her eyesight six years ago, Tekesha Saffold stayed focused on completing her college education, and now she also wants to help others.
The Riviera Beach woman and 2000 Suncoast High School graduate was working two jobs, caring for her daughter, and finally set to attend a local private university in fall 2008 when her vision became sporadically blurry. “There was no warning,’’ she said. “I thought I needed to wear my glasses more.”
But after visiting multiple doctors, … Continue reading Woman loses eyesight but not her focus on completing education

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