SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
More than 3,100 students – with more than half earning honors or high honors – joined the ranks of Daytona State College alumni during its 54th commencement ceremonies on Tuesday, May 13, at the Ocean Center.
Commencement took place in two parts, with ceremonies for associate of arts (AA) and baccalaureate degree students at 2 p.m. and for associate of science (AS), associate of applied science (AAS), certificate and adult education students at 6 p.m. The ceremonies include Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 graduates and candidates who are expected to graduate by summer’s end.
Tuesday’s commencement honored nearly 2,000 two-year degree graduates who earned AA, AS or AAS degrees, and some 400 bachelor’s degree recipients – bringing to almost 2,000 the number of graduates who have earned a bachelor’s degree at Daytona State since it transitioned from a community college to a four-year-degree-granting state college.
Student makes good on dream
Joshua Washington, 24, a Daytona Beach native, might have died of leukemia as a child. As it was, he lost four years of his childhood battling the illness. His mother put her college path on hold, dropping out to care for both him and her mom, who also had cancer.
Now Josh has made good on his mom’s college dreams by earning two associate degrees and graduating this May with his bachelor’s in supervision and management, with a specialization in broadcast/TV production. He’s the first male to get a college degree in his family and sees a responsibility to set a good example “for all who follow.”
“My mom and my sisters, they’re so stoked to see me graduate – they’re all coming; I think I might cry walking across that stage; it’s been such a long journey, from cancer to breaking the mold and making it all the way.”
He plans to own his own TV production studio in the next 10-15 years, following his passion for the business side of the broadcast world.
Daytona State offers 11 career-focused bachelor’s degrees: Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management (BAS), seven degrees in Education, Engineering Technology, Information Technology, and Nursing.
The college also awarded 1,100 certificates from among 50 workforce certificate programs.