Every morning, Lorna Beckford wakes up with inescapable grief.
Beckford has dealt with the pain since 2008, when her son, Derron, died in a motorcycle crash in Lake Worth at age 22. At the time, he was a Palm Beach State College student majoring in business. He left behind his mother, father Stephen, as well as three brothers, Kerrick, Steve and Troy.
“Derron would always encourage me to go to PBSC,” said Beckford, who grew up in Jamaica and received a GED at age 45 from the Adult Education Center of Palm Beach. … Continue reading Tragedy prompts mom to go to college for the first time
State Rep. Lori Berman has been tapped to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Mast as the keynote speaker for Palm Beach State College’s morning commencement ceremony Dec. 19.
Berman will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony for graduates of the Associate in Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs and certificate programs. Mast was scheduled to speak but is unable to attend because a last-minute session has been scheduled for next week.
PBSC is holding two ceremonies for its more than 2,700 fall graduates, … Continue reading Berman replaces Mast as morning commencement speaker
Palm Beach State College celebrated its more than 2,600 fall graduates during two commencement ceremonies today.
Madeline Pumariega, chancellor of the Florida College System, was the keynote speaker. She told graduates that she started her higher education at then Miami Dade Community College, where she played basketball.
“Today, I’m at Palm Beach State College as the chancellor of the same system that gave me an opportunity,’’ she said, later noting that 53 percent of Florida’s university juniors and seniors came from the 28 community and state colleges in the Florida College System. … Continue reading Chancellor Pumariega encourages PBSC graduates to “stay curious”
When Donald Gray Jr. crosses the stage Friday to celebrate the completion of his Associate in Science degree in Nursing from Palm Beach State College, his two sons will be right behind him.
Gray, 52, and his youngest son, Nicholas, 23, completed their degree this summer and have secured jobs at Palm Beach County hospitals. His oldest son, Donald III, 25, finished his degree this fall term. They will celebrate their achievement together at Palm Beach State’s commencement at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. … Continue reading Father and his two sons to cross stage together at PBSC commencement
Palm Beach State College leaders today accepted Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s statewide “Ready, Set, Work” challenge calling for the achievement of 100 percent graduation rates for full-time students.
College officials said the challenge is formidable but attainable through a concerted effort to improve student completion.
“We know what is at stake for our students, and we are wholeheartedly committed to making sure that they have what they need to get to the finish line,” said College President Ava L. … Continue reading Palm Beach State College leaders endorse governor’s graduation challenge
Palm Beach State College President Dennis Gallon delivered his final commencement remarks during two ceremonies Monday, telling the spring graduates that he hopes their time at the College was a “period of personal transformation that will never end.”
He shared his own story of being a high school student growing up in the rural town of Monticello with his mind set on being a professional drummer before attending college and discovering his passion for education. “You should have a script in life to follow, … Continue reading Gallon gives final address to last of the 75,044 graduates during his tenure
Palm Beach State College will hold two commencement ceremonies May 11 for the 2,838 students in the last graduating class under President Dennis Gallon’s 18-year tenure.
The first ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. for the 1,562 Associate in Arts transfer degree graduates, which represents 55 percent of the class. The second ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for the 1,276 graduates of the Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs and the certificate programs. … Continue reading PBSC President Dennis Gallon to confer his final diplomas May 11
Palm Beach State College awarded more than 2,400 degrees and certificates during two commencement ceremonies on May 8 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Click on the image below to see photos from that day.
… Continue reading PBSC graduates more than 2,400 at spring commencement ceremonies
A total of 2,676 new graduates received their degrees and certificates during Palm Beach State College’s morning and afternoon commencement ceremonies held Dec. 19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center.
Click on the image to view the Flickr album. … Continue reading PBSC graduates more than 2,600 at fall commencement ceremonies