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IRSC Graduates Celebrate Achievements at Spring 2023 Commencement

IRSC Graduates Celebrate Achievements at Spring 2023 Commencement

May 8, 2023 Suzanne Seldes

Indian River State College graduates heard from a distinguished group of keynote speakers during Spring Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5, at the Havert Fenn Center in Fort Pierce. Among them was United States Army Staff Sergeant (ret.) David Bellavia—our nation’s only living Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal of Honor recipient. Bellavia’s personal story affirms the necessity to prevail and maintain optimism throughout life’s journey.

Spring 2023 Associate in Arts Commencement Ceremonies

Spring 2023 Associate in Science / Associate in Applied Science / Technical Certificates / Vocational Certificates / Applied Technology Diplomas / Educator Preparation Institute / General Education Diploma Ceremony 

Spring 2023 Bachelor's Degree Ceremony

Photos by James Crocco, IRSC Staff Photographer

Bellavia addressed Associate in Arts Degree graduates on Thursday, May 4. IRSC Trustee and alum Captain Milo Thornton of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office addressed Associate in Science Degree graduates on Friday, May 5, and United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General (ret.) Frank Libutti spoke to baccalaureate degree graduates that afternoon. Libutti serves on the IRSC Foundation Board of Directors and is the Chairman of Renaissance Global Services—a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.

“IRSC students have this in common—hard work in the classroom, resiliency in overcoming challenges, and ambition to achieve their dreams, “shares IRSC President Dr. Timothy Moore. “Commencement day signifies a new phase in our graduates’ lives, and we are intentional when we select speakers to share this event with them and their loved ones. This year’s keynote presenters have spent their lives serving others. We expect their captivating and uplifting personal stories will strike a chord with all in attendance and remain a future source of strength and inspiration.”

IRSC conferred nearly 2,700 degrees during the 2022–23 academic year—2,050 at the Associate level and 628 at the Baccalaureate level. About 1,300 more will earn technical and workforce certificates, advanced technology diplomas, Educator Preparation Institute credentials and GEDs.

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