Dr. Jay Strack, president and founder of Student Leadership University based in Orlando, will be the featured speaker at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Spring Commencement at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at a new location, The Expo Center at the South Florida Fairgrounds.
Student Leadership University (SLU) has provided leadership training to thousands of youth workers with regional conferences across the nation. Through its programs SLU encourages young people “to think in the future tense, dream with direction and detail and commit to excellence in all things.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is a partner with SLU, where PBA students serve as summer staff.
PBA’s spring commencement is open to graduates and guests who hold tickets. More than 500 candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and professional degrees from the West Palm Beach, Orlando and online campuses will participate in the ceremony. The first graduates of the Master of Arts in Christian Studies and the Master of Accountancy, new academic programs, are among those who will be honored.
Strack has reached millions of people with his own story of overcoming poverty, abuse, broken homes and drug addiction. “If I can overcome the past and believe in the future, anyone can,” he said. “There is always a way.”
Leaders in government, churches, professional sports and the business world have tapped Strack to share with their audiences. Strack presents a message of making positive change “in yourself, your family and the culture.”
He is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including The Three Success Secrets of Shamgar, which he wrote with NBA Orlando Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams. The book expounds upon the heroics of the little-known Old Testament figure Shamgar, and shares contemporary success stories of people who overcame obstacles and accomplished great things.
Strack earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary, in addition to degrees from Charleston Southern University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He was appointed by First Lady Nancy Reagan to serve on the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign in the nation’s public schools. He also was chosen to serve on the board of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President George H.W. Bush. He is now a key member of President Donald Trump’s Faith Advisory Team.
Strack has given programs across the nation and in 75 countries. He’s presented for organizations and companies including NFL and NBA teams, NASA, General Motors, Walt Disney Company, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Chick-fil-A, Johnson & Johnson, Universal Studios and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has brought pro bono motivational messages to more than 100,000 students in middle schools, high schools and universities.