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CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, one of the nation’s leading commercial property developers, told Palm Beach College graduates that if you find your passion, you will find your motivation and success will follow. “Never give up on your vision as you mature in your careers,” Himmel advised students.
He speaks from experience. Initially a pre-med student, Himmel graduated in the bottom 20% of his class at The College of William and Mary before deciding to follow his vision of a career in hospitality. … Continue reading CEO of Related Urban Urges Palm Beach State Grads to “Find Their Passion”

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CEO of Related Urban tells more than 2,000 PBSC graduates to never give up on a career vision

Palm Beach State College welcomed Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, the nation’s leading developer of large-scale mixed-use properties, as the keynote speaker during the College’s 2023 fall commencement ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.
During the ceremony, PBSC awarded degrees and certificates to more than 2,000 graduates including a little more than 1,000 graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program and a little more than 1,000 graduates of the Associate in Science, … Continue reading CEO of Related Urban tells more than 2,000 PBSC graduates to never give up on a career vision

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Moroccan student earns degree she could only dream of in her home country

In 2017, Wahiba Pereira left her home country of Morocco to come to the United States.
When she arrived, she was filled with uncertainty and her English was bad, but one thing was clear—she was determined to get an education.
She began taking ESOL classes at an adult education center and later earned her GED. She also started a job at Dunkin Donuts and became friends with her coworkers who were PBSC students.
After they told her of their positive experiences at PBSC, … Continue reading Moroccan student earns degree she could only dream of in her home country

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CEO of Related Urban to be keynote speaker at PBSC’s commencement

Palm Beach State College will welcome Kenneth A. Himmel, president and CEO of Related Urban, the nation’s leading developer of large-scale mixed-use properties, as the keynote speaker during the College’s 2023 fall commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach.
During the ceremony, PBSC will award degrees and certificates to more than 1,800 graduates including more than 900 graduates of the Associate in Arts degree program and more than 900 graduates of the Associate in Science, … Continue reading CEO of Related Urban to be keynote speaker at PBSC’s commencement

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Commencement invocation speaker plans to become a lawyer thanks to PBSC

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

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From carefree student to Scholar: How PBSC helped Stella focus on a future in med school

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

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Immigrant and first-generation graduate hopes to inspire other Afghans

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

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This PBSC graduate sees value in face time

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

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Achievement distinguishes graduate’s journey from Pakistan to USA

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

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Honors graduate prepares for a career in nursing

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

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