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PBSC to host Grad Walk May 13 to celebrate graduates

Palm Beach State College is holding Grad Walk Thursday, May 13 to celebrate the achievements of its spring 2021 graduates.  

The event, which is in lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre on the Lake Worth campus. Graduates donning caps and gowns will arrive in groups of 40 during 15-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, walk across the stage, be greeted by President Ava L. Parker, J.D. and be photographed.  

“It is important to celebrate this very important milestone for students, many of whom are the first in their family to attend, let alone graduate from college,’’ said Dr. Peter Barbatis, vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management. “Our first Grad Walk last December was highly successful and popular. Many students and their family members appreciated the opportunity to celebrate in a safe and timely manner, and we are pleased to offer this option again.” 

The College is expanding the outside portion of the celebration. In addition to a DJ and appearances by Palmer, the College’s panther mascot, there will be more photo backdrops and a variety of food trucks for graduates and their families.  

Palm Beach State will award more than 2,600 associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates this spring. For more information about Grad Walk, visit 

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3 comments on “PBSC to host Grad Walk May 13 to celebrate graduates”

  1. This is a great experience! I’m so proud of the UCF University Events team for setting the echoing tone for other schools to celebrate graduates! If it is anything like the framework they’ve developed, students will love this!

  2. This is our second time providing Grad Walk for our incredible students. Kudos to the PBSC team for making this event so successful! Most importantly, congratulations to our students who have persevered through so many challenges to walk across the stage.

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