Keiser University to graduate 400 at Lakeland Campus Spring Commencement

Lakeland, FL, May 14, 2018 – Keiser University’s ­­­­­­Lakeland campus will celebrate spring commencement on Wednesday, May 16. More than 400 students will cross the stage to accept their degrees in front of family, friends, faculty, and campus staff. The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. at RP Funding Center, 701 West Lime St. in Lakeland, Fl.


“Our campus proudly celebrates the achievements of these graduates who have earned degrees in diverse fields such as Nursing, Criminal Justice, Dietetics, Psychology, and Graphic Design.  I look forward to the profound positive impact they will make upon the Lakeland community and our surrounding counties as they enter the workforce,” Campus President Rebecca McDonnell said.


The student valedictorian for this graduating class is Morgan Mathis, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies. Morgan is motivated, competitive, and committed to excellence, qualities that resulted in a 4.0 GPA with no absences throughout her matriculation. She participated with and volunteered for several organizations and charitable causes. The salutatorian, Michael Frates, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. 


This year’s commencement speaker is Senator Kelli Stargel. Senator Stargel serves as the Chair of the Finance and Tax Committee and as the Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. She also serves as the Senate Deputy Majority Leader, and is an appointee to the Education Commission of the States.


For more than 40 years, Keiser University has been a talent development leader providing over 100 doctoral through associate degrees in workforce shortage areas in Florida’s targeted industries. Keiser’s “students first” philosophy combines foundational skills, leadership preparation, financial literacy, student support services – including tutoring, writing and math labs. Campuses throughout the state provide convenient scheduling options for students, many of whom are working adults.


About Keiser University

Keiser University, co-founded by Dr. Arthur Keiser, Chancellor in 1977, is a private, not-for-profit University serving nearly 20,000 students offering 100 degrees at the doctoral through the associate level on 18 Florida campuses, online and internationally, employing 3,800 staff and faculty.


Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Keiser University. For additional information regarding Keiser University, visit

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