Atwater And Sachs To Speak At PBSC Graduation

Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and State Sen. Maria Sachs will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College spring commencement ceremonies May 9.

The college will hold two ceremonies at the Palm Beach County Convention Center for the more than 2,400 graduates. Atwater will speak during the 10 a.m. ceremony for the 984 graduates of the associate’s degrees in science, and applied science, and the bachelor’s degrees in applied science and nursing, along with the certificate programs. Sachs will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for the 1,440 graduates of the associate’s degree transfer program. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at

Atwater has been the state’s elected chief financial officer since 2011. His public service began in 1993, when his hometown of North Palm Beach elected him vice mayor. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2000 and the Florida Senate in 2002 and was unanimously selected to serve as Senate President in 2008.

Sachs has been a member of the Florida Legislature since 2006. After serving two terms in the Florida House of Representatives, she was elected in 2010 to the Florida Senate, where she serves as deputy minority whip and vice chair of the Higher Education Committee. The daughter of a World War II Army combat veteran, Sachs has been a staunch advocate for veterans.

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