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
Palm Beach State College will hold Grad Walk Sunday, Dec. 12, to celebrate its more than 2,400 expected fall graduates and its more than 1,800 students who completed their programs of study during the summer.
The festive event is in lieu of a traditional commencement ceremony and will be held from noon to 7 p.m. in the Duncan Theatre. Graduates will arrive in groups of 50 in 15-minute prearranged time slots to hear their names called, … Continue reading PBSC Grad Walk set for Dec. 12
Anas Saeed Saeed Ahmed and his brother, Maaz Saeed Saeed Ahmed, enrolled at Palm Beach State College as international students from Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2018, determined to complete their Associate in Arts transfer degrees in one year.
After taking as many as six or more classes each term, which required special permission, they are set to graduate together on Dec. 19. They both have been accepted to the University of Florida for the spring semester to pursue bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering. … Continue reading Brothers complete A.A. degrees in one year; headed to UF
When Mara Cijulus moved from Haiti with her family to Palm Beach County in 2004, she did not speak English, but she had a vision of herself going to college and becoming a nurse.
At 17 years old and new to the U.S., she struggled through Palm Beach Gardens High School before graduating in 2006.
“High school was really rough,’’ said Cijulus, now 31 and a charge nurse at an assisted living facility in Palm Beach County, … Continue reading Nurse, BSN grad reflects on tough road to success
When Tatiana Vong was just 18 years old, she found herself in a challenging situation. She had no job or place to live and didn’t speak English.
Vong, who will be graduating magna cum laude Dec. 19 with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in project management, had moved to the United States from Batir, Moldova through a visa exchange program.
After working a week in Pensacola, Fla., she and another woman placed in the same job through the program decided to pursue better options and took a bus to Orlando. … Continue reading Vong realizes dream of a U.S. education
Ahria Bass didn’t just get a head start on her college education while in high school, she completed her Associate in Arts degree with Honors College distinction.
Now the Palm Beach State College dual enrollment student and aspiring neurosurgeon will cross the stage at the 2 p.m. fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 19 to celebrate her achievement— five months before she is set to graduate from Seminole Ridge High School.
“It’s been an amazing opportunity,’’ said Bass, … Continue reading 17-year-old finishes PBSC honors diploma in high school
Palm Beach State College will recognize its soon-to-be fall graduates not only at commencement, but also at GradFest, a new initiative launching this semester.
The event is designed to give graduates an opportunity to celebrate their collegiate accomplishments and learn more about PBSC’s Alumni Network, bachelor’s programs and more. It takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Public Safety Training Center on the Lake Worth campus.
“Graduation is a significant milestone for our students, … Continue reading PBSC to hold first GradFest celebration
Palm Beach State College awarded more than 3,200 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies May 9 that drew applause, laughter and even some tears from the spring graduates who range in age from 17 to 76.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam was the keynote speaker at the afternoon ceremony for the 1,839 Associate in Arts transfer degree recipients. The group included 35 dual enrollment students who earned their degrees while in high school and more than 30 graduates of the Dr. … Continue reading PBSC awards more than 3,200 degrees and certificates
Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies May 9 for its more than 3,200 spring graduates. State Sen. Kevin Rader and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will be the keynote speakers.
Rader, who represents District 29, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the combined 1,383 graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs and the certificate programs.
Putnam, a fifth generation Floridian who grew up on his parents’ citrus and cattle farm, … Continue reading PBSC to hold two commencement ceremonies May 9