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

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You & the Blue

MAY 2022


There is still time to make a difference in supporting future heroes through Our Heroes Start Here as we celebrate everyday heroes in our local community this May. In South Florida, many of our heroes - educators, health care professionals, public safety professionals, veterans, and more are Broward College alumni and graduates.

Our Heroes Start Here helps students in the final stretch of their educational journey who have a financial need but receive little or no federal grant assistance due to working full or part-time reach the finish line through the American Dream Scholarship. Just $2,000 makes a real impact on ensuring the financial support needed to complete their educational journey.

Will you consider helping them start their careers and making a #BCProud impact on the community? Together, gifts of all sizes make a difference.

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GradAhead of Mother’s Day, Broward College Graduates Feel the Love at Spring 2022 Commencement

It’s not uncommon for graduates and their loved ones to cry tears of joy at their commencement ceremony. When that commencement happens to fall before Mother’s Day weekend—as was the case for Broward College’s spring 2022 graduation ceremony on May 5—it’s a recipe for overwhelming moments of happiness. Read More

GradCayla Rucker to Become First Graduate of Broward College New Media Communication Program

In the media industry, an “early adopter” is someone who starts using a new technology before anyone else. When it comes to Broward College, the term certainly refers to Cayla Rucker.

When Cayla walked across the stage and received her Associate in Science degree on May 5, she was a trailblazing first student at Broward College to graduate from the New Media Communication program. Read More

GradExceptional Education Student Maalik King Seeks to Provide Inclusive Spaces for Future Generations

Maalik King wants to use his own education to provide crucial learning opportunities for others. The 25-year-old Exceptional Student Education major credits a volunteer event at Broward College for setting him on that path. Read More

Read more success stories from our recent graduates by visiting


New #BCProud graduates share their pride and stories on social media

Broward College’s Spring Commencement took place on May 5 at the Broward Convention Center. Thousands of graduates and their family members filled the large hall to bear witness to the achievements of so many. The joy was palpable and contagious and demonstrated movingly how education uplifts families and communities.

Inside the graduation hall, a live hashtag feed #bcproudgrad flourished with hundreds of messages and photos from graduates, faculty, families, and staff.

Some graduates have taken to social media to share their joy and well-earned feeling of accomplishment. You can read some of their messages here. Please feel free to add yours, too.   

 Fire Chief shares her story as a Broward College Alumna


Broward College Alumni & Friends celebrate Fort Lauderdale Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr who was a guest invitee at Leadership Broward’s Serving Up Leadership May 24 luncheon at Boatyard. 

Chief Kerr shared her life openly and her work path from her childhood in northern New Jersey to becoming the first female fire chief in Little Rock, Arkansas, then again in Austin, Texas, and then again back home in Fort Lauderdale.

Chief Kerr, we are so proud to have you as an exemplary alumna. We salute you and are proud of your lifelong service to the community! Read more

Career Services

GradResume/LinkedIn Workshop

Tuesday, June 7, from 1 to 2 p.m.




Interviewing Strategies Workshop

Tuesday, June 21, from 1 to 2 p.m.



GradCareer Exploration Workshop

Tuesday, June 28, from 1 to 2 p.m.



GradGet the Edge Workshop (Internship/Soft Skills)

Tuesday, June 28, from 3 to 4 p.m.



For a full schedule of upcoming career services workshops, visit

We are #BCProud to shine a light on our alumni who demonstrate the many paths and achievements that Broward College makes possible for its alumni and graduates.

Click on the image to be taken to the spotlights and to search our database of hundreds of alumni profiles.

Would you like to be profiled? Let us know at

Kettelene Shaniec



Did you know you can support organizations like ours through your IRA or 401(k)? By naming us as beneficiary, you can continue to make lifetime withdrawals and keep the flexibility to change beneficiaries if things change. 

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.



Matched Gift

Many employers offer matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. The impact of your gift to Broward College may be doubled or possibly tripled! Learn more


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