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Prairie State College Announces 2017 Commencement Speaker

Prairie State College Announces 2017 Commencement Speaker [05/17/2017]

Brace Clement, a Prairie State College (PSC) alumnus, will address the graduates and their guests during the college’s 58th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 20.

Brace ClementClement is an entrepreneur navigating a new career path in financial and insurance services. He is a graduate of Rich Central High School in Olympia Fields. He started his college journey at PSC in 2002 and later transferred to the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies with a minor in Communication. He continued on to receive a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin School of Business. 

Clement has served as the administrative director for the Illinois Technology Development Account with the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer in Chicago and then as the director of the Veterans Assistance Commission in Chicago, before accepting a position at Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle, where he worked in several roles, including senior financial analyst and staffing program manager, as well as an MBA finance treasury intern with the corporation while he was earning a master's degree.

“We are pleased to welcome a PSC alumnus to speak at this year’s commencement ceremony and look forward to the insight he will bring to encourage our graduates,” said Dr. Terri L. Winfree, PSC president.

Each year, PSC hosts a commencement ceremony to celebrate the academic accomplishments of students from the previous fall, current spring, and upcoming summer terms. More than 300 graduates will walk across the stage during the ceremony, and more than 550 associate degrees and certificates will be awarded this year.

“Our students have worked so hard to achieve their academic goals and I am proud of each and every one of them,” Winfree said.

For more information about PSC's commencement ceremony, visit http://prairiestate.edu/student-life/commencement-services.aspx.