YOU AND THE BLUE: Newsletter for Friends of Broward College and Broward College Alumni

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You & the Blue

A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of Broward College


Happy Holidays

On behalf of the Alumni & Friends Network, we wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

Inspiring holiday message from an alumna 

Claudia H.

"This photo was taken 5 years ago when I was chosen as an inspiring alumna by Broward College. I want to continue inspiring you with my history as an immigrant in this country (USA). I arrived at Christmas 13 years ago with a suitcase full of fears. I didn't know English and I didn't even know what direction my life would take. 

I firmly believed in my dream of becoming an immigration attorney, and I succeeded. There were many nights of wakefulness, crying, and sacrifice, but in the end, my desire to achieve my dream could be more than all adversities. I am here to help you with my Youtube videos and my honest and competent advice and representation. DO NOT give up, go ahead with your dreams is my message for this Christmas and for a successful year 2022." Read More 


Broward College hosted its first in-person commencement ceremony since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday, December 15, at 4 p.m. at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.

Broward College Alumni & Friends offered the gift of a photobooth experience for all graduates. These newest alumni join the more than one million graduates and former students who have proudly attended Broward College. Read More 


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BC Grad12-year-old student graduates from Broward College

A South Florida girl gives new meaning to the term “college kid.” At just 12 years old, Sawsan Ahmed graduated from Broward College Wednesday and received her Associate’s degree with a concentration in biological science. Read More 


George PlattDistinguished alumnus re-appointed for service on the Broward College Foundation Board

The Broward College Foundation voted to re-appoint George I. Platt, Managing Partner of LSN Partners, to its Board of Directors during its December 9, 2021 board meeting. Read More 


Joe RushingBroward College's founding president Joe Rushing passes away at age 100

President Gregory Adam Haile, J.D. joined his colleagues and members of the higher education community in honoring the life and legacy of Broward Colleges' late founding president, Dr. Joe B. Rushing. Dr. Rushing, who passed away on December 8, 2021 at 100 years old, was the first president of the College, serving our institution and the community from 1960 to 1965.  Read More 


Andrew CarvalhoBroward College graduate class of 1988 Alberto Carvalho, head of Miami-Dade schools, is pick for L.A. superintendent

Born in Portugal, he came to the U.S. at age 17. Carvalho learned English as a young adult and quickly worked his way up from construction and restaurant jobs as he attended Broward Community College. He later won a scholarship to Barry University and enrolled on a premed track. Read More 


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If charitable giving during the holiday season is a tradition in your family, consider helping someone become “Empowered by Broward” with the gift of education. Learn more about year-end charitable giving.


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Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

On Saturday, December 11, Broward College participated in the 50th anniversary Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade. Alumni and friends of the college volunteered to help decorate the boat for the parade, and members of the Broward College Big Band played a number of holiday songs from the boat along the parade route.” Read More

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Turkey Trot

In this photo Broward College is represented by (left to right) Dean of Health Sciences/Dean of Respiratory Care, Nora Powell; District Director of Employee Benefits, Shannon Duarte; Program Manager, Wellness, Lisa Elsinger; Alumni Engagement Manager, Anthony Stewart.

Broward College staff, faculty, alumni and friends participated in this year’s 5K Turkey Trot presented by MedPro Healthcare Staffing and Leadership Broward.

It was a beautiful, breezy South Florida Thanksgiving morning to trot, run or walk along the A1A. Over 2,700 humans and some four-legged family members came out.

We congratulate MedPro and Leadership Broward for presenting this year’s Trot which brings our community together and benefits so many. A portion of the event proceeds supported the MedPro Future Nurse Scholarship at Broward College. Established by MedPro Healthcare Staffing, this scholarship honors Broward College students pursuing a career in nursing.


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Take 20 seconds to tell us YOU support the creation of a Broward College specialty plate. 

BC could become the first state college to offer a specialty plate. However, we need YOU our alumni, friends, faculty, staff to express your interest in making this a reality. 

Specialty plates fees are affordable and fees return to the institution as a charitable gift. Tell us right now you support this by taking this two-question, 20-second anonymous survey by clicking here. 


Broward College is proud to present these alumni as representatives of the enormous depth and breadth of career pathways, leadership and impact BC has to offer!


Choose a Pathway and see more Notable Alumni Spotlights online!


Each year, thousands of #BCProud graduates embark on their exciting careers, thanks to the education they acquired at Broward College.

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Visit our spotlight pages and read about these and other alumni.


When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunities to students who are determined to change their lives through the pursuit of higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

For more information, email Scott Rivinius or call 954-201-7490.



When you shop on Amazon, your purchase can support Broward College – for free! Just use or activate AmazonSmile in your Amazon mobile app by selecting the Broward College Foundation. When you spend, Amazon will donate a portion to support the college.

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AmazonSmile and Amazon are exactly the same in terms of experience – the only difference is the added benefit to Broward College students.

Activate AmazonSmile in your mobile app now or save SMILE.AMAZON.COM as a favorite in your browser! Then shop away!


Winter has come and so has the brrrr savings and lower car insurance rates. You could save even more with a special alumni discount from GEICO. Visit GEICO online or call 1-800-368-2734 to find out how much you could save today! Be sure to mention your Broward College affiliation to be eligible for the special discount.

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