FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (December
19, 2013) - Broward College conferred more than 2,600 degrees
at its 80th commencement ceremony on Thursday, December 19. The
ceremony was at 10 a.m. at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950
Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. These students joined more than 115,000
students who have graduated from Broward College since the College 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 much
Robert W. Runcie, superintendent of Broward
County Public Schools (BCPS), will be this year’s commencement speaker. Runcie
was appointed by the School Board of Broward County, Florida to become the 20th
superintendent of the BCPS on October 5, 2011. He holds a bachelor’s degree in
economics from Harvard College and a master’s degree in business administration
from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
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. Through
sky-high stilettos, fancy flats and classic Chuck Taylors, graduates were
encouraged to stand out from a sea of blue and black gowns by showing off their
fanciest footwear. This year, a shoe drive was held the day of the event,
allowing the 2013 graduating class the opportunity to give back to the
community before leaving as graduates. Broward College is donating the shoes to
Shoes for the Cure, a local organization that recycles shoes and reconditions
them for the needy, or turns them into raw material used for running tracks,
playgrounds and tennis courts.
During Broward College’s commencement ceremony, more than 2,300
associate’s degrees were awarded, and nearly 230 bachelor’s degrees were
awarded – a 55 percent increase over the spring commencement. The winter
graduating class represented 92 countries. The oldest graduate was 65 and the
youngest was 16. There were more than 100 graduates over the age of 50.
are several graduates who have inspiring student success stories to share,
Crystal Christy, 22, graduated from
Broward College with an Associate of Arts degree in Anthropology. Having
overcome numerous traumatic experiences, including physical and mental abuse, spending
her childhood in and out of foster care and learning to read at age 17, Christy
fulfilled her dream, walking across the stage to accept her degree.
- Nicole Gonzalez, 31, had many achievements
throughout the years, including obtaining a real estate license before
graduating high school, opening her own event planning business and working as
a successful artist. However, due to a learning disability, Gonzalez was forced
to drop out of college, unable to comprehend college level math. Years later, she
received a letter in the mail from Broward College regarding a new option to
complete her degree. Gonzalez graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal
Arts – 13 years in the making.
- ka Burgess, 35, was diagnosed with
Lupus in 2004, but even with a reoccurring health issue, she didn’t let it stop
her from focusing on her future. While
taking a break from her studies to concentrate on her health, Burgess received
a letter from Broward College informing her of a new program available to her.
Without hesitation, Burgess inquired about the new program and quickly got back
on track to finishing her degree.
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.