Commencement Honors
Beacon College will confer honorary doctorate degrees upon “Jurassic Park” paleontologist John “Jack” R. Horner and former Beacon Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Richard O. Williams at the college’s 34th Commencement Exercises. 
Ship Ahoy!
For most people, the notion of cruising to the Bahamas conjures images of sandy beaches, bikinis, and endless buffets. That perspective shifted in April for 18 Beacon cruise management students who boarded Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas and left behind landlubbing book learning at Port Canaveral for a three-day excursion into experiential education on the high seas.  READ MORE
ICAN shows LD jobseekers can
Armed with strong resumes and stronger resolve, more than 200 Beacon College students converged at the inaugural ICAN 2024 (Internship Careers and Neurodiversity) expo in April with a shared goal: convincing potential employers that neuro-diversifying their workforces adds value. READ MORE
Taking it to the stage
In lifting the curtain on life on stage, performance artist Natasha Tsakos put it this way: “Theater is a voyage into the archives of the human imagination.” The Beacon Theatre Club recently thumbed through those archives to explore science-fiction and satire in a series of one-act plays that collectively formed its presentation, “Past, Present, Future: A Collection of One-Acts.” READ MORE 
Showcasing talent
Works by Beacon College studio arts students graced the rotunda at the Historic Lake County Courthouse in Tavares, Florida, during a recent exhibition of local artists. Beacon participants included: Lennard Allen; Ashley Cooper; Reagan Aulick; Chiara Ferrante; Deva Keyser; Carina Santos; Grace Smith; Rebecca Yocum; Laura Wright; Bailey Marr Haig; Zoe Collard; Hasanna Robinson; Maxwell Dekle; and Camille McKoy.
Spring cleaning

For conservationists, the slogan “think globally, act locally” is a call to action. In April, Beacon College students from the Dungeons and Dragons Club and the Green Team answered the call by banding together at the Venetian Gardens in Leesburg, Florida, to give Mother Nature a much-needed scrubbing. READ MORE
Beacon College competed for the first time in April at the 128th Penn Relays, the world's oldest and largest track and field meet. The Lady Blazers competed against the Naval Academy, Southern Illinois, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, and North Carolina Central University in a qualifying heat of the 4x400 race held at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia. The team, featuring Jaylen Williams, Helen Chinn, Lillian Horan, and Juliah Pregno, placed sixth with a time of 5:22.64. Earlier the women’s track and field team competed at the West Chester University Tune-Up meet, where Williams (from West Chester), won the long jump with an 18’ 4.5’’ effort.

Barbara Muñoz in April successfully defended her dissertation, “A Program Evaluation of the Necessary Attributes, Accommodations, and Resources Neurodivergent Students Require for Success in Higher Education.” Muñoz, a learning specialist and academic advisor, earned her Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and administration.
A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity
April’s "A World of Difference: Embracing Neurodiversity" focused on nonverbal learning disability. On this episode, we meet a Kentucky teen and promising artist who is learning as a homeschooler to navigate nonverbal learning disorder. Next, a panel of national experts helps demystify the condition and provide a roadmap to help kids with the condition rock in the classroom and beyond. And you’ll meet our latest Difference Maker, a Dr. George McDonald Church, a Harvard scientist and entrepreneur for whom a string of learning differences hasn’t quelled his quest to unlock the DNA strand to revive the wooly mammoth. Click the image to watch the episode.

Beacon Salon Speaker Series
Get animated about Season Eight of the Beacon Salon Speaker Series! The 2024-25 season stands as one of our most eclectic educational, edifying, and entertaining lineups yet featuring lectures on George Washington, Japanese woodblock art, a Holocaust survival story, the U.S. Constitution, a jazzy concert, and an appearance by the legendary Cleopatra. CHECK IT OUT 
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

— Theodore Isaac Rubin