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

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You & the Blue

MAY 2023


On May 9, more than a thousand Broward College students graduated together at the Spring 2023 commencement ceremony at the Broward County Convention Center. These newest degree holders were welcomed by the Alumni & Friends and received their alumni pins, gifts, and opportunities to take photos to commemorate their special occasion. We look forward to staying connected with our newest alumni, and the contributions you will make. Congratulations, class of 2023!

To view photos from commencement, click here.

To watch highlights of the celebration, click here.


NewsLean into your community: how this Broward College student overcame challenges

Philippe Kevin Lyberal, 23, was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. As an international student, Kevin faced unique challenges. He had no choice but to get creative. This month, Kevin's ingenuity and sacrifice pays off when he receives an Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Broward College. Learn more


NewsBroward College Academy helps high school students open doors

Tasfia Tazri Howlader, 17, was in the 10th grade when she came to Broward College as a Dual Enrollment student. As a Bangladeshi American and first-generation college student, Tasfia looked for a way to diversify her education and secure opportunities that opened doors for her future. Learn more


NewsMile-high achievement: Broward College receives multiple recognitions from the American Association of Community Colleges Awards of Excellence Gala in Denver

Sisters Karin Jordan, 38, and Marina Bertrand, 40, have been in-sync since birth. They are not exactly twins, but they find themselves presented with the question often enough. From birth to now, the sisters have faced the ups and downs of life, motherhood, and being second-time students as a team. Learn more


NewsBroward College takes another step towards addressing food insecurity among its students

Broward College has opened a Seahawk Marketplace (food pantry) on its Judson A. Samuels South Campus (Building 68 Room 101) to help students facing food insecurity. On the pantry’s first opening day it served 65 students.

This is the second Seahawk Marketplace opened by the College since 2021 as part of the College’s strategic response to barriers faced by many students pursuing post-secondary education. Learn more 


NewsBroward College Foundation welcomes Gloria M. Fernandez to its Board 

Gloria M. Fernandez was appointed to the Broward College Foundation Board of Directors during its May 25, 2023 board meeting. She previously served on the College’s Board of Trustees since October 2013. Learn more



NewsSponsorship opportunities available for Plutohacks

PlutoHacks, Broward College’s Hackathon will be taking place in the fall semester and there are ways that you can participate now to support students with this event. Learn more



Attention alumni and friend entrepreneurs! #PTCHFST! Broward will include several pitching sessions in multiple formats on Wednesday, June 7, at 5 p.m. at the Broward College North Campus Library. The event will kick off with a Founders Mixer networking session, followed by a dynamic, interactive Startup Grind Fort Lauderdale-powered workshop entitled "Power Pitching: How to Win your Next Pitch Contest." Next, the Founders Boost South Florida Demo Day hybrid pitch experience will take place, ending with The Founders Live Fort Lauderdale Spring Pitch Event during the evening. Register by clicking here.




How do we Maximize the Power of Now? Come engage with thought leaders, exemplary Broward College students and alumni, and share your perspective. 

Steven Goo, formerly a Vice President with Boeing Aerospace and members of the Padrino family, whose successful Cuban restaurants are well known across South Florida, are guest speakers at the 14th Annual Pillars Conference taking place from Thursday, August 10 through Sunday, August 13 at The Pillars Hotel & Club.

Register for the conference by clicking here. Food and refreshments will be provided. 

If you are unable to join us, please consider designating a gift to the Social Behavioral and Human Sciences scholarship fund by clicking here.

For a recap of the annual Pillars Conference from 2009 to today, click here.  



Thank you to the alums and friends who joined Broward College students, faculty, and staff at the only Pat Tillman Honor Run/Walk in Florida. Proceeds from the event will benefit Broward College student Veterans. 

Photos from the event are available at



Mrudul Gupta, Class of 2011

Join us in congratulating alumna Mrudul Gupta on becoming a Captain with Air India Express. Since earning her A.S. in Professional Pilot Technology from BC in 2011 (with highest honors), she pursued and excelled in educational and professional experiences including serving as an assistant professor at the University of Mumbai, her alma mater.


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

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

Would you like to be profiled? Let us know at

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Did you know you can support charitable organizations like ours through your IRA or 401(k)? By naming Broward College Foundation as a 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 by pursuing higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

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



Flying this summer from a local airport and need to park your vehicle? ParkON provides discounts for Broward College alumni and friends when you use the code BCF20. Click on the image above to visit their website and reserve your airport parking.

Past issues of the You & the Blue newsletter and recordings of interactive webinars are available online.


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