FORT PIERCE — In an academic year like no other more than 3,200 students will have degrees conferred this spring—marking the ninth consecutive year that the IRSC graduating class has exceeded 3,000. More than one-quarter of graduates (807) will earn Baccalaureate degrees; 1,950 earn Associate in Arts degrees; and 495 earn Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degrees. Two local IRSC students illustrate both drive and perseverance that are hallmarks of Indian River State College Pioneers.
There’s a lot to celebrate in the Chavez household. On Monday, May 3, Juliana Chavez and her older sister Sindi crossed the stage to accept their diplomas. Juliana received an A.S. in Digital Media Technology and Sindi an A.S. in Electrical Power Technology. They are the first in their family to earn college degrees. Juliana is dually enrolled at IRSC and Clark Advanced Learning Center—a charter school operated by IRSC and situated at the College’s Chastain Campus in Stuart—and will celebrate her high school graduation later in the month. Juliana expects to continue her studies at IRSC for her next chapter and enroll in a Bachelor’s Degree program.
“The best thing about attending IRSC was being able to study alongside my sister. I remember telling myself when I saw Sindi graduate for the first time, ‘One day, I’m going to be just like Sindi and have my own degree in hand.’”—Juliana Chavez, Indiantown
“Before I graduated from South Fork High School, I was able to get ahead and complete the first year towards my Associates of Arts Degree through the dual enrollment program. After I graduated from high school, instead of transferring to a bigger institution, I decided to continue my studies at IRSC to complete my Associate Degree.”—Sindi Chavez, Indiantown
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