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Town of Lake Park recognizes PBSC’s 90th anniversary year with proclamation

From l: Ken Badaracco, Dr. Tracy Pellett, Susan Del Portal, Mayor Roger Michaud, Jyrece McClendon and Matthew Lenihan.

Palm Beach State College received a special proclamation recognizing its 90th anniversary from the Town of Lake Park during a town commission meeting April 19.

Accepting the honor on behalf of the College from mayor and PBSC alumnus Roger Michaud was Palm Beach Gardens Provost Dr. Tracy Pellett. Joining him was Susan Del Portal, external affairs manager; Ken Badaracco, interim assistant dean of student services; Matthew Lenihan, business and community relations director; and Jyrece McClendon, interim dean of academic affairs.

“As a Palm Beach State College alumnus, it was my honor, as the Mayor of Lake Park, to present them with a proclamation recognizing PBSC’s 90th Anniversary and all that the school has done not just for its students, but also for the surrounding communities. My time as a student was rewarding and memorable, and I will always appreciate everyone that I interacted with who became an integral part of my journey and a factor in my many successes in life.”

During the meeting, the proclamation was read aloud by Michaud. It talked about PBSC’s history, degrees, and its many talented and skilled graduates.  It also spoke on the College’s economic impact in the line: Whereas, Palm Beach State College, established during the Great Depression, when there was no institution of higher education in Palm Beach County, is now an economic engine, pumping $1.1 billion into the county’s economy each year.

Pellett also shared that PBSC offered classes in the Town Hall building before the Lake Worth campus was built and that the College was committed to growing its partnership with the town.

Other proclamations will be presented recognizing PBSC’s historic anniversary from the city of Delray Beach May 2, the city of Palm Beach Gardens May 4 and the city of West Palm Beach May 15.

Throughout the year, PBSC will celebrate its 90th anniversary milestone with activities such as campus celebrations, open houses, innovation initiatives and capital projects. Stories will spotlight the achievements of alumni, students, faculty, staff and community partners on the College’s website. Social media posts and special events will use the hashtag #PBSC90th.

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