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Seminole State graduate Antonio 'Tony' Hernandez Pumarejo is finishing his first book, An Autism Unscripted Life. This is his autobiographical work about living – and succeeding – with autism.
As Seminole State celebrates Disability Awareness Month, alum Antonio "Tony" Hernandez Pumarejo, who was diagnosed with autism at age 3, says the College and its Disability Support Services office provided the infrastructure and resources to help him succeed.
Theatre Program alum Charlie Barfield branched out from his theatre coursework while at Seminole State, taking courses in geology and African-American humanities. He says the latter course provided inspiration for his directing career.
Life has a way of twisting and turning and surprising us with directions that we sometimes didn't see coming. If someone had asked Charlie Barfield what he thought he'd be when he grew up, he might have told them he'd become a marine biologist someday.
Seminole State alumnus Jon Hughes and wife, Betsy, own and manage Track Shack and own its sister company, Event Marketing and Management International. They also founded what is now the nation’s best-attended running event, the Disney Marathon.
Preparation at Seminole State propelled Jon Hughes to run his own businesses and establish the Disney Marathon, while making significant contributions to his community.
As a fashion stylist and blogger, Melanie Pace often gets to wear the styles she loves so much while promoting a brand or look on her blog. (Photo by Zach Scheffer)
Melanie Pace has an eye for style. The on-air style expert, fashion stylist and blogger has become a sought-after expert in fashion, having worked with celebrities like Giuliani Rancic and other notable clients including Bloomingdales.
Seminole State alumnus and president of Next Horizon Harry Ellis is now at a point where he can give back to his alma mater. During the Foundation for Seminole State College’s 34 annual Dream Gala, he established an endowed scholarship in his company's name.
Harry Ellis initially thought that information technology (IT) wasn't the path for him, but when a friend raved about his IT class at Seminole State, Ellis decided to give it try. That was a pivotal point in defining what would become a successful career in the IT field.
Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan addresses graduates during Seminole State's Fall 2016 Commencement. Sheehan graduated from the College in 1986 with her Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree.
Orlando City Commissioner and Seminole State College of Florida alumna Patty Sheehan has been honored with a 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The award is given to alumni who have made a positive impact on their communities and the world, and who are examples of community colleges’ ability to change lives.

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