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Palm Beach State College brings back traditional commencement

Fall 2019, the last time traditional graduation ceremonies were held at PBSC.

Photo courtesy of Palm Beach State College

Palm Beach State College is hosting traditional commencement ceremonies this month for the first time since the fall 2019 semester.

Over 2,000 students in the spring 2022 class will graduate during two ceremonies Thursday, May 12, at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center.

State Sen. Tina Polsky

The morning ceremony will begin at 10 for the associate in science, bachelor of applied science and bachelor of science degree programs and certificate programs. State Sen. Tina Polsky, representing District 29, which includes much of Palm Beach County including Boca Raton and Wellington, will be the morning keynote speaker.

State Sen. Gayle Harrell

The afternoon ceremony will begin at 2 for graduates receiving associate of arts degrees. State Sen. Gayle Harrell of District 25, which includes Martin, St. Lucie and parts of Palm Beach County, will be the afternoon keynote speaker.

“Commencement is a significant and meaningful moment for our students and their families and friends. We are happy that they will get the full graduation experience with the traditional pomp-and-circumstance celebration,” Palm Beach State College President Ava L. Parker said.

This class has dealt with many challenges regarding COVID-19. By March 2020, all in-person classes were switched to remote learning, and spring 2020 graduates were recognized virtually.

In July 2020, PBSC released its Return to Campus Protocol, which began to bring students and faculty back to campus while prioritizing safety. For its fall 2020 commencement, the college created Grad Walk, which allowed graduates to walk across the stage and shake hands with President Parker while in smaller groups.

For further information regarding the May 12 ceremonies, visit


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