Keiser University is celebrating spring commencement on campuses in communities throughout Florida over the next several weeks. Approximately 3,000 students will cross the stage to accept their degrees in front of their proud families, friends, faculty, and campus staff during various ceremonies among Keiser University’s 20 campuses.
KU’s Flagship campus at West Palm Beach will kick off the commencement season with Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Florida Senator Lori Berman addressing the graduating class as the keynote speakers. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. May 2 at the Flagship Campus Student Life Center on 2600 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach.
“We are pleased to have the lieutenant governor and other dignitaries give our students an inspiring sendoff as they enter or re-enter the job world as Keiser graduates,” said Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor. “After marking 40 years of service to Florida, and internationally, we look forward to continuing our goal of developing career-ready employees who will make an impact, not only on our state, but also in the global marketplace.”
Keynote speakers for other campus ceremonies in May and June include U.S. Rep. Darren Soto; Florida Sen. Kelli Stargel and Perry Thurston; and Florida Reps. Wengay “Newt” Newton, Dan Eagle, Tom Leek, Erin Grall; Hillsborough Co. Com. Ken Hagen; West Palm Beach Com. Kristina Lambert; Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis; Maitland Mayor Dale McDonald; and former Jacksonville Sheriff Nathanial Glover who is currently president of Edward Waters College. Several other dignitaries have been invited for ceremonies in June. Along with the keynote addresses, each graduating class will also hear from a student speaker, and awards will be presented to class valedictorian and salutatorian.
For more than 40 years Keiser University has been a talent development leader in Florida, offering over 100 doctoral through associate degrees in workforce shortage areas in Florida’s targeted industries. Keiser’s “students first” philosophy combines foundational skills, leadership preparation, financial literacy, student support services – including tutoring, writing and math labs. Campuses throughout the state provide convenient scheduling options for students, many of whom are working adults.
The schedule for the Keiser University campus commencement ceremonies is:
KU Flagship campus, 11 a.m. May 2, Student Life Center at 2600 North Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409, with Gov. Carlos Lopez-Canter and Florida Senator Lori Berman speaking.
KU-West Palm Beach, 6 p.m. May 11, Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401 with West Palm Beach Commissioner Kristina Lambert speaking.
KU-Sarasota, 11 a.m. May 12, Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto, FL 34221, with Florida Rep. Wengay “Newt” Newton speaking.
KU-Latin America Campus, 10 a.m., May 12, National Theater, San Marcos, Nicaragua.
KU-Lakeland, 7 p.m. May 16, RP Funding Center, 701 West Lime St., Lakeland, FL 33815, with Florida Senator Kelli Stargel speaking.
KU-Orlando, 6 p.m. May 18, Orlando Baptist Church, 500 South Semoran Blvd., Orlando FL 32807, with Congressman Darren Soto speaking.
KU campuses in Tampa, New Port Richie and Clearwater combined commencement, 7 p.m. May 18, Grace Family Church, 5100 West Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33634 with Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagen speaking.
KU-Pembroke Pines, 7 p.m. May 18, Charles F. Dodge City Center, 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025, with Mayor Frank Ortis speaking.
KU-Tallahassee, 6 p.m. June 1, Christian Heritage Church, 2820 Sharer Rd., Tallahassee, FL 32312 with 100 graduates. Congressman Neal Dunn has been invited as keynote speaker.
KU-Fort Myers, 7 p.m. June 1, Lee County Civic Center, 11831 Bayshore Rd., North Fort Myers, FL 33917 with Florida Rep. Dane Eagle speaking.
KU-Daytona Beach, 4 p.m. June 2, Calvary Christian Center, 1687 West Granada Blvd, Ormond Beach, FL, 32174 with Florida Rep. Tom Leek speaking.
KU-Port St. Lucie, 7 p.m. June 8, Port St. Lucie Civic Center, 9221 SE Civic Center Pl., Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 with Florida Rep. Erin Grall speaking.
KU-Fort Lauderdale, E-campus and Graduate School, 11 a.m. June 9, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. Florida Senator Perry Thurston speaking.
KU-Miami, 10 a.m. June 9, Watsco Center, 1245 Dauer Dr., Coral Gables, FL 33146. FL House Speaker Designate Jose Oliva has been invited to speak.
KU-Melbourne, 2 p.m. June 9, King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL 32935. Florida Rep. Rene Pascencia has been invited to speak.
KU-Jacksonville, 6 p.m. June 22, Jacoby Symphony Hall, Florida Times Union Center, 300 Water St., Jacksonville, 32202 with Nathanial Glover, president, Edward Waters College speaking.
Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.
Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.
The two instructors that have impacted my life are Mr. Williams and Mrs. Percy. Both of them believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. I appreciate their motivation to get me to where I am today.
Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.
If not for my education at Keiser I probably would not be where I am today, in both life and career. It is because of going to Keiser and the instructors I had that I joined a club started by Mr. Williams, The Lakeland Shooters Photography Group, which allowed me to venture into an amazing and very creative field that I use to enhance all aspects of my life.
The Design program at Keiser University was filled with real world learning and hands on instruction… Based on the portfolio I created while a student at Keiser University, I landed a job in Graphic Design for a major online retailer immediately after graduation.
The year and a half I spent in the program better prepared me for attaining a job in the field…As a hands-on learner, the project-centered teaching was perfect for me.
Keiser University has given me the opportunity to embrace a career change… It has opened the door for a timely graduation and quick return to the work force…
Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!
I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.
I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.
Keiser University’s MBA program has renewed my mind, changed the way I think, and given me a new sense of purpose. The professors transformed my attitude and behavior, gave me the self-confidence I was lacking, and restored my energy.
It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University. Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors. The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.
Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made. The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly. The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.
I chose Keiser because it had everything—small classes, caring professors, hands-on learning, and counselors that are really there for you. I feel like I’m part of a family here, not just a number.
After being denied for several promotions at my current employer, I decided that I needed to further my education. Since graduating from Keiser with my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, I have been promoted and I am able to obtain positions that weren’t available to me before.
Keiser helped change my life by getting my education at the right school! I had been going to another school before, I dropped out because I felt that I was not getting enough information. When I found out about Keiser, I was pleased because the instructors were great.
My decision to attend Keiser University has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. I chose to enroll in the Information Technology program… The one-class-a-month pace helped incredibly with my self-discipline.
The BA for Business Administration at Keiser has to be one of the best in the nation. Keiser takes the basics that are taught at the Associates level and uses them to strengthen your skills and knowledge.
I found that Keiser University’s Nuclear Medicine program of advanced studies and small class size was a perfect fit. I never came across a faculty member who wasn’t truly interested.