Keiser University’s Melbourne campus will celebrate many “firsts” this weekend when it holds spring 2018 commencement exercises. Among the 150 students who will cross the stage to accept diplomas will be members of the campus’ first graduating classes in Bachelor of Science Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology, and Associate of Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the King Center for the Performing Arts on 3865 N. Wickham Rd in Melbourne, FL.
“Our campus staff and faculty join our graduate’s families in celebrating their personal and academic achievements,” said Campus President Colleen Browne said. “We wish them well as they enter into rewarding careers that will allow them to further serve the communities in which we live and work. Well done class of 2018!”
The class valedictorian, Samantha Sordyl earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree after earning an Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She succeeded in attaining her educational goals and managing many personal accomplishments to graduate at the top of her class.
“I achieved in balancing working two jobs, planning a wedding, getting married, having not one but two beautiful children, and volunteering any spare time that I had while taking 24 credits a semester,” Sordyl said. “One thing is for sure, I would not have been able to overcome these crazy obstacles to be up here standing today if it weren’t for the support of my absolutely amazing and good-looking husband. He was there literally every step of the way for myself and our children.”
The salutatorian, Brian Mardy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing after earning an Associate of Science degree in Nursing. Brian is a Student Veteran and is active in the military.
This year’s commencement speaker is Très Holton, deputy mayor at the City of Palm Bay. After being elected to the Palm Bay City Council and serving his first term in office, he worked as a legislative assistant for the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners, the Florida House of Representatives, and the Florida Senate. In 2014, Très was again elected to City Council where he currently serves as Deputy Mayor.
For more than 40 years, Keiser University has been a talent development leader providing 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.
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.