Pasco-Hernando State College will host winter commencement and nurse pinning ceremonies Dec. 12-13 at its West Campus located at 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, FL.

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., PHSC president, will be presiding over the commencement ceremonies for a final time before retiring in January with Jesse Pisors, Ed.D., slated to assume the PHSC presidency.

"There is nothing more fulfilling for educators than witnessing the achievements of our students at commencement,” said Beard. “Winter 2023 graduation will be bittersweet as I preside over the ceremonies as president for the final time before my retirement. However, I am very proud of the progress PHSC has made over the nearly nine years of my presidency and I am excited about the amazing potential of our Winter Class of 2023."

Commencement is a widely-observed tradition among educational institutions and an important part of a student’s journey. 

These ceremonies are dedicated to honoring and recognizing students who earned certificates and diplomas in varying fields of study as well as those that earned an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Applied Science degree.

The Nurse Pinning ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by the first commencement ceremony beginning at 4:30 p.m. The final winter commencement ceremony will occur Wednesday at 10 a.m. All ceremonies will be live-streamed on YouTube. 

The ceremonies will host several keynote speakers including alumna Briana Belle, Pharm.D., Christa Tanner, Congressional Staffer, U.S. House of Representatives, Dorian Howell, former PHSC SGA President and current graduate Jamileh Hassan, SGA Speaker.

More than 60,000 alumni who have received degrees and certificates from PHSC to date. 

More information about PHSC’s spring commencement ceremonies can be found at