After graduating from John I. Leonard High School, Deborah Arocho-Maisonet, like so many of her fellow classmates, wanted to attend a university.
She didn’t know what the experience would be like, but she did know about PBSC, thanks to her two older sisters and alumnae Alondra and Fabiola.
“Hearing about their time and seeing just how successful they were as students while also holding jobs made me believe PBSC was the better choice,” said Arocho-Maisonet, president of the Student Government Association on the Lake Worth campus. … Continue reading Commencement invocation speaker plans to become a lawyer thanks to PBSC
When John Stella first came to Palm Beach State College, he admits he was envious of his high school peers who went to universities.
After graduating from a small, religious high school in upstate New York, Stella didn’t follow in their footsteps because he believed he wasn’t academically ready and even unsure if school was for him.
Stella, who graduated summa cum laude with his Associate in Arts degree and hopes to attend medical school, also felt isolated, … Continue reading From carefree student to Scholar: How PBSC helped Stella focus on a future in med school
When Tariqullah Wardak moved to the United States from Afghanistan after high school, he found adjusting to life in the United States hard.
He faced language and cultural barriers and found being far away from his family difficult.
He was thrilled, however, to be indoors where he had the resources and support he needed to succeed academically, having come from a country where he had to study outside in the mountains and endure hot and freezing temperatures. … Continue reading Immigrant and first-generation graduate hopes to inspire other Afghans
By Ilene Greenfield
Megan McCarthy, who graduated this spring with an Associate in Arts degree, enjoys making connections with other people. While enrolled at Palm Beach State College, McCarthy took classes live online, online and in person at the Palm Beach Gardens campus, but learning in person was her favorite.
“As you continue to pursue a degree or career, you will have people to talk to who understand the dedication it took to get to where you are now,” she said. … Continue reading This PBSC graduate sees value in face time
By Ilene Greenfield
High achiever would be an understatement in describing Ayesha Khawar. Since relocating from Pakistan to Florida six years ago when she was 18 years of age, Khawar learned English, earned a high school equivalency diploma, and began her higher education journey at Palm Beach State College. At the spring commencement ceremony, Khawar graduated with an Associate in Arts degree and had a 4.0 grade point average.
But that is not all. Palm Beach State Online has afforded Khawar the opportunity to proceed with her college education at her own pace while balancing the demands of helping to care for three younger siblings. … Continue reading Achievement distinguishes graduate’s journey from Pakistan to USA
By: Ilene Greenfield
When Gaetane Charlotin left Haiti with her husband in 2020, little did she realize that she would be graduating summa cum laude from the Dr. Floyd F. Koch Honors College at Palm Beach State College with an Associate in Arts degree in Nursing in the spring of 2023. She wanted to move forward quickly, but she did not speak English. The dedication of her husband, who worked after serving in the U.S. armed services while earning his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from PBSC, … Continue reading Honors graduate prepares for a career in nursing
PBSC alumnus Alexiou Gibson, CEO & President of The Transformation Factory, who struck a $600K deal on ABC’s Shark Tank, will be the keynote speaker during Palm Beach State College’s 2023 spring commencement ceremony to be held for the first time at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches at 5:30 p.m. May 9 in West Palm Beach.
During the ceremony, PBSC will award degrees and certificates to more than 1,600 graduates including more than 900 graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program and almost 700 graduates of the Associate in Science, … Continue reading ABC’s Shark Tank winner to be keynote speaker at PBSC’s commencement ceremony
Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,000 spring graduates at two commencement ceremonies May 12 and applauded their resilience in reaching the milestone despite unique challenges caused by the pandemic.
It was the first time since December 2019 that PBSC held commencement ceremonies with keynote speakers and traditional fanfare, including a performance by the PBSC drumline and singing of the College’s alma mater.
“For many of you it has taken two years to reach this milestone. … Continue reading PBSC celebrates spring graduates with traditional fanfare
When Michelle Puerta dual enrolled at Palm Beach State College in June 2020, the summer after her high school sophomore year, the pandemic crushed her plans to take classes on campus but not her goal to earn an Associate in Arts degree.
“It was not easy, but I still pushed myself,” said Puerta, who will graduate from PBSC and Wellington High School this month. “I would have liked to go in person, but at that time the pandemic was bad. … Continue reading ‘I want to be an overachiever’: Michelle Puerta among 35 dual enrollment graduates
Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center May 12 to celebrate its more than 2,000 expected spring graduates.
The first ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and the certificate programs. A second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for Associate in Arts degree graduates. State Sens. Tina Polsky, … Continue reading PBSC returns to traditional commencement ceremonies