More than 100 students will accept their degrees at Keiser University’s Port St. Lucie campus during commencement ceremonies on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center.
“Seeing our students walk across the stage realizing they are now a graduate and have achieved their educational goal is so special. This truly is the most exciting time of year for our campus community,” Campus President Leslie Kristof said.
The valedictorian for this graduating class is Kees Kiswah, who earned Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Kiswah is a Martin County Sheriff’s Deputy and is also continuing his education in paralegal studies.
“Kees demonstrates a high degree of integrity, responsibility, ambition and drive. He also exhibits exceptional scholastic accomplishments and outstanding leadership qualities,” Helen Henderson Criminal Justice Professor/ Program Chair.
Also among this year’s graduating class is David Merrill, who will cross the stage to receive his diploma with his service dog, Recon. Merrill, who suffers from PTSD, credits Keiser University professors and mentors Derek Brieske, a Crime Scene Technology Instructor and Babu Thomas, a Forensic Science Instructor for their ongoing support, both inside and outside of the classroom, while earning his Forensic Science degree.
This year’s commencement speaker is Representative Erin Grall whose life is defined by service and leadership roles on the local, state, and national levels.
“Successful completion of an academic goal should never become so commonplace, so as not to be celebrated. The joyful acknowledgment of the magnitude of such an accomplishment serves as motivation for those in the midst of their studies and as an objective for others who are considering their path. I’m honored to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 and look forward to the positive contributions each graduate will make to our communities and to Florida,” said Grall.
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.
Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
BACHELOR OF ARTS
Business Administration – Finance
Business Administration – Marketing
Anibal Tomas Antonio
Health Services Administration
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Yary Nieves Reyes
Dietetics and Nutrition
Information Technology Management
Network Systems and Data Communications
Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
Health Services Administration
Sharon Slade t
Joni Vernaglia t
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE
Crime Scene Technology
Graphic Arts and Design
Rafael Bustos Bustos
Sports Medicine and Fitness Technology
Ronald Ferguson Jr.
Jose Morales Jr
Video Game Design
Payton Lee Jr.
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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.