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Keiser University spring commencement ceremonies honor graduates at 21 Florida campuses

May 19, 2021

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Jeff LaLiberte / 954-821-3986 / jlaliberte@keiseruniversity.edu

Keiser University spring commencement ceremonies honor graduates at 21 Florida campuses

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— From May through August, more than Keiser University campuses throughout Florida will host a series of commencement ceremonies to honor the more than 6,800 graduates who earned their degrees in 2020 and 2021. In total, more than 3,000 Keiser University students are expected to take part in ceremonies signifying completion of their college degrees and the beginning of the next chapter in their professional lives.

“It is important to recognize the hard work and dedication of our Seahawk graduates regardless of the degree they earned or what their next step in life may be,” said Arthur Keiser, Chancellor and CEO of Keiser University. “They have shown a commitment to themselves and their families by pursuing an education that will prepare them to enter the workforce or take the next step in their academic endeavors.

The series of commencement ceremonies are being held at both indoor and outdoor facilities and include COVID-inspired safety measures meant to protect the graduates and their families.

Joining the friends and families of the graduates will be several prominent state and local leaders who will serve as keynote speakers at the ceremonies. The list of Keiser’s commencement speakers includes U.S. Congressman Byron Donalds (FL-19) and John Rutherford (FL-4), Florida Representatives Amber Mariano (36th District) and Bob Rommel (106th District), and David Verinder, President/CEO of Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System.

Keiser University’s Flagship campus in West Palm Beach, Fla., kicked off graduation season on April 30 at an outdoor event. More than 130 Keiser graduates earned their degree at a ceremony presided over by Keiser. Since then, Keiser campuses in Lakeland, Sarasota, New Port Richey, and Naples have hosted safe, and socially distanced ceremonies in compliance with CDC guidelines.

“Keiser University’s Class of 2020 and 2021 have shown great persistence in achieving their academic goals,” said Keiser. “I commend them all for their perseverance and invite them to stay engaged with their alma mater.”

Since 1977, Keiser University has awarded roughly 68,000 diplomas and degrees. Over the past 40 years, Keiser has become Florida’s second largest, not-for-profit university in serving approximately 20,000 students.

Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university, serving nearly 20,000 students and employing 3,800 faculty and staff members. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, the university currently offers more than 100 degrees at 21 Florida campuses, as well as online and at two international sites. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. For additional information regarding Keiser University, visit www.keiseruniversity.edu.

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My instructors 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. Student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. Everyone was dedicated to my overall success.

Jessica Kircher

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.

Belinda Haney

The instructors at Keiser University impacted my life. They believed in my ability to become a great graphic designer, regardless of how I felt about my skills. KU helped to prepare me for the real world and got me to where I am today.

Justin Pugh

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.

Ryan Bushey

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.

Anthony Sassano

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.

Ty Fitzgerald

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.

Jackson Tejada

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…

Dale Caverly

Without the education I received at Keiser University, I would not be where I am today!

Meisha Ebanks, R.N.

I not only received an excellent education but also encouragement and training that built my self-confidence every day.

Nidia Barrios

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.

Carlos Ramirez Flores

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.

Connie Sue Centrella

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.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C

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.

Dedrick Saxon

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.

Natalie Dou

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.

Laurie Williams

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.

Nadege Dor

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.

Marla Hadley

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.

Vivian R. Howard, BA in Business Administration Graduate

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.

Gustavo Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine Technology Graduate