West Palm Beach — When Palm Beach State College graduates walk across the stage to accept their degree or certificate Dec. 16, the whole world will be able to watch.

For the first time ever, the college’s commencement ceremonies will be webcast live, allowing family and friends unable to attend in person to still see their favorite graduate.


“It gives families more access,’’ said Ed Mueller, Palm Beach State registrar and chair of the commencement committee.  A link to the live stream will be available at palmbeachstate.edu

The college will award about 1,700 Bachelor of Applied Science, Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degrees during the commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. A separate ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for about 630 graduates of the college’s certificate programs that prepare students to go directly into the workforce in such fields as dental assisting, welding, massage therapy and cosmetology.

With only 3,000 seats available for spectators at the heavily attended degree program ceremony, the college gives each graduate four tickets.

Established in 1933 as Florida's first public community college, and serving more than 51,000 students annually, Palm Beach State College is the largest institution of higher education in Palm Beach County. PBSC offers more than 100 programs of study at locations in Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade, providing bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, professional certificates, career training and lifelong learning.

As a result, “There is limited seating in the degree graduation,’’ Mueller said, noting that about 600 to 700 graduates are expected to participate in the ceremony.  “(The webcast) allows everyone to see. If you can’t make it there for some reason, you can watch it online.”