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PBSC celebrates more than 2,700 fall graduates

Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,700 fall graduates during two commencement ceremonies Dec. 19 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

State Rep. Lori Berman, who represents District 90, was the speaker at the morning ceremony for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and certificate programs. Berman applauded graduates for their sacrifices to complete their education, including juggling school with raising families or working.  “Your sacrifices have culminated in this great moment,’’ she said.

Berman encouraged graduates to serve their community and others, make learning a lifelong commitment and remain open to change. “Don’t be afraid to take a step back in order to move forward,” she said.

State Sen. Bobby Powell Jr., who represents District 30, was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the more than 1,500 Associate in Arts transfer degree graduates. Powell gave graduates four steps to get to their next level of success: make a decision as to where they want to go; develop a written plan; find a person or persons who are selfless as opposed to selfish and who will push them to the next level, and go forward, refusing to accept “no” for an answer.

Visit the PBSC Flickr album to view  photos from commencement.

Video credit: Idalia Centeno

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