Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 1,620 degrees during three commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, on the Boca Raton campus. The new graduates will join more than 139,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened its doors in 1964.
“It is an honor to be here today to celebrate the hard work and successes of Florida Atlantic University’s students,” said FAU President John Kelly. “I join all family members and friends in congratulating the graduates on reaching this major milestone in their lives.”
Chief Jim Henson, a former tribal chief of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and one of three federally recognized Cherokee tribes in the United States, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. A frequent guest lecturer, Henson has taught faculty and students about Native American culture and consulted on research projects. He has also provided valuable collaborative assistance to John Lowe, Ph.D., Wymer distinguished professor of nursing at FAU, in securing a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a five-year research project to test the effectiveness of the Talking Circle approach in preventing substance abuse among Native American youth.
Arthur Jaffe, 93, dedicated FAU benefactor and founder of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at FAU’s Wimberly Library, will receive the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion. The medallion is awarded to individuals who have rendered service of great value to the University or the community at large.
Florida State Sen. Garrett Richter will serve as a commencement speaker. Richter is serving in his second term, representing portions of Collier and Lee counties. He was unanimously elected as President Pro Tempore of the Senate in November 2012. He previously served one term in the Florida House of Representatives.
Aaron Higer, a former researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey and a visionary leader in science whose contributions have helped Florida to understand, protect and restore America’s Everglades, will receive an honorary doctorate from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.
Spring commencement also highlights the accomplishments of outstanding graduates, including:
“Each and every year at Commencement, I’m reminded of the impact FAU has, and will continue to have, on its students, faculty, staff and the six-county region it serves,” said Anthony Barbar, chair of FAU’s Board of Trustees. “Speaking for the Trustees, I commend the Class of 2014. As an FAU alumnus myself, I’m moved and impressed by the accomplishments of this year’s graduates.”
Some interesting statistics regarding the summer graduating class include the fact that 63 of the degree recipients are over the age of 50. The oldest graduate is 76, and the youngest is 17. The graduates represent 36 countries.