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Keiser University statewide commencement ceremony honors 2021 graduates

February 8, 2022

For Immediate Release

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Keiser University statewide commencement ceremony honors 2021 graduates

LAKELAND, Fla. –Keiser University hosted its annual statewide commencement ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2022, to honor its more than 6,000 graduating students from the class of 2021. More than 300 students walked across the stage Saturday to receive their degrees and begin the next chapter of their lives.

The ceremony was presided over by Keiser University Chancellor and CEO Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., who welcomed those in attendance and reminded the graduates of the support they received from their families and loved ones throughout their experience. “We know that graduating from college is a journey, and it is a wonderful achievement for you; but it was possible because along the way many others supported you and believed in you, said Keiser.”

The Florida Hospital Association, Tampa General Hospital (TGH), and Lakeland Regional Health (LRH) were honored during the ceremony with Keiser University’s Employer Choice Awards for the vital roles they play in the real-world preparation and hiring of Keiser graduates. Many of those among the Keiser University class of 2021 are filling critical gaps in Florida’s allied health and nursing workforce.

“Florida and the country are facing one of the worst healthcare workforce shortages in decades,” said Mary Mayhew, President and CEO of the Florida Hospital Association. “We know the only way to tackle these significant challenges is through critical partnerships and we are honored to be working so closely with Keiser University to advance various efforts and strategies to increase the supply of new nurses and other critical healthcare professionals.”

Keiser University has graduated more than 3,200 nurses since 2019 and is one of the top producers of nurses in Florida for those who pass the NCLEX. In the last 10 years, TGH and LRH combined to hire more than 660 Keiser University graduates to help meet Florida’s growing workforce demand in nursing and allied health.

John Couris, President and CEO of TGH, noted the hospital’s partnership with Keiser and shared that the university’s commitment to producing qualified graduates has aided in TGH’s ability to provide quality healthcare to Florida. “Keiser University, its students and its graduates, are critically important in our ability to provide world-class care to this community, this region, and this state,” said Couris.

As a career-focused university with 21 Florida campuses, two international locations, and a robust online division, Keiser University continues to address the talent needs of Florida and the U.S. Most of Keiser’s academic degrees are in industries identified as emerging or critically needed. More than 3,200 nurses have graduated from Keiser’s College of Nursing since 2019 and the university is one of the top producers of nurses in Florida who pass the NCLEX. Keiser University was ranked No. 5. In the nation and No. 1 in Florida for social mobility in the 2022 by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Keiser’s other recent accolades include having the seventh best graduation rates among U.S. private, nonprofit (nonresidential) universities according to The Chronicle of Higher Education and being named the 29th Best Hispanic Serving Institution in the U.S. by Niche.

The annual statewide commencement ceremony is one of several graduations Keiser University will host in 2022. Independent commencement ceremonies will also be held at Keiser University’s 21 statewide campuses beginning in the spring. Since 1977, Keiser University has awarded roughly 70,000 degrees. In the past 45 years, Keiser has become Florida’s largest, independent, not-for-profit university with 4,000 team members serving approximately 20,000 students in Florida and across the U.S.

About Keiser University:

Keiser University is a private, independent, non-profit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and two international sites. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keiser University currently offers more than 100 degrees from associates to the doctoral level. Keiser University is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was ranked No. 11 in the U.S. in Social Mobility by U.S. News and World Reports in 2021.

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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

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

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

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