FORT PIERCE — Indian River State College will hold two Commencement ceremonies for its Fall 2018 graduates on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. The ceremonies will recognize more than 2,000 students who have earned their Bachelor’s Degree or Associate Degree during the 2018 Summer I, Summer II and Fall semesters. This marks the third year in a row that IRSC has offered two Fall Commencement ceremonies to accommodate a graduate population that exceeds 2,000 students. IRSC will hold its traditional Spring Commencement Ceremony in May.

The Fall Commencement Ceremony for Associate Degree recipients takes place at 10 a.m. The Ceremony for Bachelor’s Degree students begins at 2 p.m. To date for the 2018–19 academic year, 1,585 students have earned an Associate Degree and 443 have earned a Bachelor’s Degree.

“Thousands of Treasure Coast residents realize that a college education is one of the best investments they can make and are increasingly attracted to IRSC,” said Dr. Edwin R. Massey, IRSC President. “We are so proud of what our students have accomplished, and we are confident that the skills and education they obtained here at Indian River will provide the foundation they need to be successful in their career and in life.”

Presenting the Fall Commencement address will be Jay “Hal” Roberts, Jr., Treasure Coast Regional President of CenterState Bank. Since 1988, Roberts has served as the President or CEO of eight different financial institutions, and he was instrumental in the foundation of three Treasure Coast banks: Harbor Federal Savings & Loan, Port St. Lucie National Bank, and Harbor Community Bank. In addition to developing and running numerous local banks, he has overseen major strategic planning endeavors, managed billions in commercial real estate loans, and navigated significant mergers between organizations. As CenterState’s Treasure Coast Regional President, he directly oversees five Community Presidents.

A graduate of Dan McCarty High School in Fort Pierce, Roberts went on to earn his Associate of Arts degree from Indian River Junior College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University, and attended the University of South Florida, the University of Georgia, and Rollins College for additional postsecondary studies.

Roberts served on the IRSC District Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2012. Upon leaving the Board, he began serving on the IRSC Foundation Board, a position he still holds. In 1992, Roberts was named IRSC Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Throughout his career, Hal Roberts has shared his expertise and time with Treasure Coast human service and civic organizations. He is a current Board Member with Hospice of the Treasure Coast, and his past service includes working with organizations such as the St. Lucie County EDC, the St. Lucie County Education Foundation, the St. Lucie Medical Center, the United Way of St. Lucie, and more. Roberts also served as statewide Director of the Florida Bankers Association.

About Indian River State College:
Indian River State College is a public, comprehensive college with a statewide and national reputation for excellence. Located in Florida’s Treasure Coast region, each of the College’s five campuses provide unparalleled educational environments for those residing in St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. IRSC serves approximately 30,000 students annually and offers more than 100 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates and Applied Technology Diplomas.

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