Grads Celebrate Success
Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) will host spring commencement on Wednesday, May 1, in the Physical Fitness Center at the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road. Two commencement ceremonies will honor graduates earning bachelor's and associate's degrees, certificates and diplomas. The morning ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the afternoon commencement will begin at 3 p.m. The event live stream link will be available at phsc.edu.
This year's spring graduates include many ambitious and accomplished students, and some who have encountered adversity in pursuit of higher education.
Stephanie will be graduating with both her AA and AS-Legal Assisting degrees in May 2019. She started her college career as a Computer Technology major in the Spring term of with the assistance of the VA's Dependent Education Assistance program as a wife of a disabled veteran, Patrick Bostick, who served in the US Army. There were only three semesters she did not attend during her time at PHSC, and continued to pursue her education, even after her husband passed away during her enrollment. She has been an inspiration to her children, as currently three of her children are attending PHSC.
Nolan first came to a PHSC campus in middle school as part of the College Reach-Out Program (CROP) and at the time probably didn't envision how important he would become to the campus. This young man has truly made the most of his college experience and grown tremendously in the process. An ambassador and student worker, Nolan embodies all that a student leader should be. His willingness to help others and serve PHSC in the process has made him a truly valuable commodity on campus. As a student leader, he has represented PHSC at conferences, recruiting events, and student panels.
Maria grew up in Brazil, completed a GED in the US, and then enrolled here. She has worked very hard to complete her degree, while learning to speak English. When she graduates with her AA, she will be the first person in her family to earn one.
Tracy is graduating with her AS despite suffering a traumatic brain injury right after beginning her degree. A fall left her with a broken foot and brain injury which caused memory loss and difficulty with speech. Even while enduring a lengthy recovery, Tracy refused to give up and continued with her coursework so she could graduate on May 1st. Her son is also a PHSC student working toward his BA in Business. She says he helped her finish sentences when she was unable to throughout the pursuit of her degree.
Student speakers include Maria Emilia Caldron Arzube, from Porter Campus (morning) and Nolan Martinez, from East Campus (afternoon). Other graduation speakers include: District Board of Trustees Chair Robin Schneider, in the morning, and District Board of Trustees Vice Chair Alvaro Hernandez, afternoon ceremony; Charge to the Graduates Speakers Al Nienhuis, Hernando County Sheriff (afternoon), and Mike Fasano, Pasco County Tax Collector (afternoon); and Faculty Remarks by Faculty Senate Vice President Phyllis Wrench, assistant professor, information technology (morning) and Faculty Senate President Karen Lederer, Ph.D., professor, information technology (afternoon).
Approximately 433 degrees and certificates will be conferred at the ceremonies. An estimated 998 spring graduates are eligible to participate. There are also 76 dual-enrollment students graduating; these students are completing their associate's degrees before graduating high school.