Mast and Willhite to speak at fall commencement

WEST PALM BEACH — U.S. Rep. Brian Mast and State Rep. Matt Willhite, who both were re-elected to second terms in November, will be the keynote speakers at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies for more than 3,000 expected graduates.

The ceremonies are set for Dec. 19 at the South Florida Fair Expo Center in West Palm Beach. Rep. Mast will speak at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony for the graduates of the associate in science, bachelor of applied science and bachelor of science degree programs and the certificate programs. Rep. Willhite, a PBSC alumnus, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the associate in arts transfer degree. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at www.palmbeachstate.edu.

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U.S. Rep. Brian Mast will be a keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies.

Mast represents the 18th Congressional District. Prior to his first election to Congress in 2016, he served in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command.

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State Rep. Matt Willhite will be a keynote speaker at the Palm Beach State College fall commencement ceremonies.

Willhite was elected to serve the Village of Wellington as a councilman and vice mayor in 2008. He won his first successful bid in 2016 to represent District 86 in the Florida House of Representatives. He is currently the acting chair of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation and chair of the Florida Veterans and Military Families Caucus. Willhite served for eight years in the United States Navy as a corpsman, and he has spent the last 22 years as an employee with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue where he holds the rank of captain. He is the only active duty firefighter in the Florida Legislature.

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