FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 7,
2014) –Broward College
conferred more than 3,300 degrees today at its 81st commencement
ceremony at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. These
students joined more than 118,000 undergraduates who have graduated from
Broward College since it was established in 1959.
“We commend all of our
graduates on their many accomplishments and wish them much success in their
future endeavors,” said Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr. “This
major milestone empowers them to meet their academic and career goals, and so
Fort Lauderdale lawyer
Eugene K. Pettis was this year’s keynote speaker. Pettis is the current
president of the Florida Bar and co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm.
In 2013, Pettis became the first African-American president in the Bar’s
history, and he currently leads the country’s second-largest Bar with membership
exceeding 96,000 lawyers. He holds a bachelor’s degree and law degree from the
University of Florida.
This commencement ceremony,
Broward College’s supply chain management program conferred its first Bachelor
of Science degree to student Alberto-Romero Partida. The program officially
began in January 2013 and prepares students with
the knowledge related to the major concepts, principles, and techniques
associated with supply chain management in the global economy.
To celebrate the lighthearted
and fun side of commencement, Broward College helped graduates celebrate this
milestone in their lives by hosting #GradSHOEation — a social media event
intertwined with community engagement. Through sky-high stilettos, fancy flats,
classic Chuck Taylors and more, graduates were encouraged to stand out from a
sea of blue and black gowns by showing off their fanciest footwear. During this
commencement ceremony, a shoe drive was held, allowing the 2014 graduating
class the opportunity to give back to the community before leaving as
graduates. Broward College is donating the shoes to In
Jacob’s Shoes, a local
organization that collects new and gently used shoes for children and adults.
During Broward College’s
commencement ceremony, more than 2,500 associate’s and 160 bachelor’s degrees
were awarded – a 24 percent increase over the fall commencement. The winter
graduating class represented 85 countries. The oldest graduate was 65 and the
youngest was 16. There were more than 150 graduates over the age of 50.
There were several
graduates who had inspiring student success stories to share, including:
Partida, 43, is a U.S. Department of Agriculture scholarship recipient and the
first graduate of Broward College’s supply chain management program. Partida
recently accepted a position at an organization that provides food,
agriculture, and industrial products and services worldwide, and is working as
an internal trade assistant.
- Natalie von
Cieminski, 24, is an accomplished dancer who grew up in Germany and dreamed of
attending college in the United States. With a modest upbringing and strong
desire to study overseas, she worked hard to get herself out of the ballroom
and into the classroom. As a talented student and local television personality,
von Cieminski graduated with an Associate of Science degree in business
Ally, 63, was in a serious accident in 2008, which resulted in several
surgeries, chronic pain and debilitating anxiety. Following a slow recovery,
Ally decided to go back to school after a 22-year hiatus and start fresh with a
business degree. But, her path quickly changed when she came across several
supportive and caring mentors who gave her new perspective – a camera lens.
Ally graduated with an associate’s degree in art and will be pursuing a
bachelor’s degree in the fall.
Heagney, 16, graduated with an Associate of Arts degree and will graduate from
the College Academy @ Broward College with a high school diploma. One of the
two youngest graduates this semester, she plans to study engineering at a
For more information
regarding Broward College’s commencement ceremony, contact Tina David at
954-201-7510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Broward College:
Broward College is ranked as one of the top ten community colleges in the
nation by the Aspen Institute. Serving more than 68,000 students annually,
Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year
university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees
in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality
educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a
diverse community of learners. For more information, visit www.broward.edu.