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Recognizing the academic achievement of students earning their Bachelor’s or Associate degree this Fall, Indian River State College will hold two Commencement ceremonies Wednesday, December 13 at the Havert L. Fenn Center at 2000 Virginia Avenue in Fort Pierce. Over 2,200 students earned their Bachelor’s or Associate degree so far during the 2017/2018 academic year, including the Summer and Fall semesters. This marks the third year in a row with over 2,000 IRSC graduates in the Fall.

The Fall Commencement Ceremony for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree recipients will be held at 10 a.m. The ceremony for Bachelor’s degree students will be held at 2 p.m. IRSC will also hold the traditional Spring Commencement Ceremony in May.

“Watching IRSC students making the transition to graduates at our Commencement Ceremony is the epitome of student success,” said Dr. Edwin Massey, IRSC President. “These individuals have worked diligently towards their goals, and that dedication to earning a degree will pay great dividends. Whether it’s further educational opportunities or making a difference in the workforce, our graduates are prepared for their next endeavor.”

Larry Lee JrFlorida House of Representatives member Larry Lee, Jr. will present the Fall Commencement address at both ceremonies. Growing up in Fort Pierce, Lee graduated from Fort Pierce Central High School in 1972. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) in 1976. Lee is a former schoolteacher and football coach. Prior to opening his State Farm Insurance agency in 1988, he also served as a counselor at IRSC.

First elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2012, Lee represents District 84, including part of St. Lucie County, and currently serves as the Democratic Ranking Member on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee, PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, and the Select Committee on Hurricane Response and Preparedness. He also serves on the Education Committee and PreK-12 Innovation Subcommittee.

Lee and his wife, Alice, reside in Port St. Lucie and are the proud parents of one daughter. He is a member of Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Pierce. Lee is a member of the Board of Trustees for United Way of St. Lucie County and a board member of Parent Academy of St. Lucie County. He is co-founder of the Fort Pierce Jazz Society and the Ave D Boys’ Choir.

IRSC is nationally ranked for both quality and affordability and was selected twice as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and named a Finalist with Distinction as one of the Top 3 Community Colleges in the Nation this year. IRSC is designated as the 3rd Most Affordable College in the Nation by the U.S. Department of Education.

Established in 1960, IRSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. IRSC is a comprehensive state college offering over 150 programs, including Bachelor’s degrees, Associate in Arts degrees for college and university transfer, Associate in Science degrees for career training and Quick Job Training. Campuses are located in Fort Pierce, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Okeechobee with many opportunities for online learning through the Virtual Campus. For more information, visit or call 1-866-792-4772.


Robert Lane
Direct: (772) 462-7506
Office: (772) 462-7270




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