Broward College to Celebrate Fall 2015 Commencement
Broward College students who have completed their associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree or a certificate program will be honored Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. during the College’s 84th commencement ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. These students will join more than 125,000 students who have graduated from Broward College since it was established in 1959.
During the ceremony, Broward College President J. David Armstrong, Jr., will confer 2,559 associate’s degrees, 210 bachelor’s degrees and 127 technical certificates to students who represent more than 80 countries. The oldest graduate is 65 and the youngest is 17. There are 82 graduates over the age of 50. There also are 186 veterans graduating at commencement.
The keynote address will be delivered by Broward College District Board of Trustees member David Maymon, who is the owner of Advocate Home Care, a home health agency/nurse registry that provides home care to patients upon discharge from hospitals and nursing facilities throughout Florida. He previously served as a litigator for five years in Chicago and Philadelphia before moving back to South Florida. Maymon also served on the Broward County Small Business Advisory Board and the Fort Lauderdale Community Services Board. Beginning his collegiate coursework at Broward College, Maymon went on to complete an associate’s degree from College of DuPage, bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and juris doctorate degree from DePaul College of Law.
- Hope Novello, 56, suffered an aneurysm rupture, which caused a life-threatening stroke. This fall, she will graduate with her associate in arts degree in social work and be one step closer to her goal of working with others who have experienced a similar situation.
- Dominique Douglas, 24, entered the foster care system at only five years old and dropped out of high school. At 18, she gave birth to a premature baby boy, Jerome King, who became her inspiration to persevere. After obtaining her GED, she enrolled at Broward College to pursue her dreams and create a better future for her family.
- Yahalia Franklin, 39, is an entrepreneur and owner of 4-My Angel’s, a transportation company that provides services to families to visit their loved ones in penitentiaries and detention centers. She seeks to bring positive change to people’s lives and extended her passion for helping others outside of the classroom, becoming very involved in campus activities. She will be graduating with an associate in arts degree in psychology and will continue her quest to give back to others.