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Encourage a Student to Apply To Be the 2022...

Thursday, October 28, 2021 The Valencia College Foundation needs your help to identify the 2022 Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate, who will serve as the keynote speaker for our commencement ceremonies. We know from experience that many of our eligible students are too humble to see themselves in this role, so please encourage eligible, praiseworthy students to […]

Military Wife, Mother of Two Named Valencia’s...

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 When Samantha Tanner’s family celebrates Mother’s Day this year, they’ll have additional reasons to honor the 28-year-old mother of two. That’s because Samantha, who has been named Valencia College’s Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate for 2021, will be the featured speaker at Valencia College’s virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, […]

Help Identify the 2021 Distinguished Graduate

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 The Office of Alumni Relations needs your help to identify the 2021 Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate, who will serve as the keynote speaker for our commencement ceremonies. We know from experience that many of our eligible students are too humble to see themselves in this role, so please encourage eligible, praiseworthy students to […]

Tamyia Paul Named 2020 Distinguished Graduate

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 As a senior at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Tamyia Paul toured colleges and universities throughout Central Florida. But on those personal visits, she was left cold. “They felt too big — like I would just be another number,” she said. Her decision proved wise, as Tamyia thrived at Valencia College. […]

Help Identify the 2020 Distinguished Graduate

The Valencia Foundation needs your help to identify the 2020 Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate, who will serve as the keynote speaker for our commencement ceremonies. We know from experience that many of our eligible students are too humble to see themselves in this role, so please encourage eligible, praiseworthy students to apply by providing them with a […]

Rising from the Ashes: Former Dropout Named Valencia...

Student Dalton Joseph came to Valencia College with one goal: to beat the odds. And he has. Dalton has been named Valencia College’s Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate for 2019. But a few years ago, not many people would have bet on his future. Read his story on Valencia College’s News site…

Help Identify the 2019 Distinguished Graduate

The Valencia Foundation needs your help to identify the 2019 Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate. This student will serve as the keynote speaker for our commencement ceremonies. We know from experience that many of our eligible students are too humble to see themselves in this role, so please encourage eligible, praiseworthy students to apply today by providing them […]

Jehojada Merilan Named 2018 Distinguished Graduate

Earlier this year, we asked for your help to identify the Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate for 2018. We are happy to announce the winner this year is Jehojada Merilan, a first-generation American. When Jehojada’s parents came to the United States from Haiti, they wanted only one thing — a chance at a better life. […]

Encourage a Student to Apply to be the 2018...

The Valencia Foundation needs your help to identify the 2018 Mary S. Collier Distinguished Graduate. This student will serve as the keynote speaker for our commencement ceremonies. We know from experience that many of our eligible students are too humble to see themselves in this role, so please encourage eligible, praiseworthy students to apply today by providing them with […]

Rula Khalaf Selected as Valencia’s 2017 Distinguished Gra...

By Dani Moritz-Long As a young girl, Rula Khalaf was destined to live a life of subservience, to care for her future husband’s home and never even dream of earning an education. Today, in a miraculous turn of events, the 20-year-old young woman is preparing to graduate from Valencia as the 2017 Valencia Alumni Association […]