IRSC spring commencement ceremonies May 2 and May 3


Next week, nearly 3,700 Indian River State College (IRSC) students will have their degrees conferred, marking the seventh consecutive year that the IRSC graduating class has exceeded 3,000. This year, a record 802 students—more than one of five—will graduate with their Baccalaureate degrees.

To accommodate the large graduating class, IRSC will hold four Commencement ceremonies, over two days, at the Havert Fenn Center in Fort Pierce:

Thursday, May 2, 2019 — Associate in Arts Degree ceremonies:

10:00 a.m.: Associate in Arts Degree graduates with last names beginning A-K.

2:00 p.m.:  Associate in Arts Degree graduates with last names beginning L-Z.

Friday, May 3, 2019 — Associate in Science/Applied Science &

Bachelor’s Degree ceremonies:

10:00 a.m.:  Associate in Science/Applied Science Degree graduates

2:00 p.m.:  Bachelor’s Degree graduates

“Today we celebrate the dedication and determination of our graduates,” declares Dr. Ed Massey, IRSC President. “It is their hard work in the classroom, resiliency in overcoming challenges, and ambition to reach this important goal that distinguishes them this Commencement Day. We revel in their individual achievements and in their collective impact, without which IRSC could not have earned the 2019 Aspen Prize and the proud distinction of ‘top college in the nation.’”

During the 2018–19 academic year, 2,282 students earned Associate in Arts degrees; 594 students received Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees; and Bachelor’s degrees were conferred to 802 students.

Judge CJ Metzger

The Honorable Elizabeth Metzger, Chief Judge for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida, will serve as Commencement

John E. Moore III

speaker for the May 2 ceremonies. The May 3 commencement addresses will be delivered by John E. Moore III, a distinguished practicing attorney and Vero Beach native whose experience includes several presidentially appointed positions within the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Indian River State College is the 2019 recipient of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The College’s five campuses provide unparalleled educational environments for those residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties. IRSC serves nearly 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s degrees, Associate degrees, technical certificates and applied technology diplomas.

For more information, visit the IRSC website at

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