On Friday, Dec. 9, nearly 1,500 graduates will join FAU's faculty, staff and administrators at the fall 2005 commencement ceremonies. The walk will be a relief for many and a testament to the hard work of many employees whose tireless dedication helped restructure an academic term turned topsy-turvy by hurricane-caused closures (Kartrina in August and Wilma in October and November) of the University for more than a week.
Once again, the day’s events will be broken into three segments: the morning ceremony will spotlight the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College; the afternoon program will feature the College of Business and Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing; and the evening event will highlight the College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs, the College of Education and the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The ceremonies will take place in the FAU Arena (formerly the FAU Gym) under a new, temporary roof that was hastily installed to replace the roof torn off by Hurricane Wilma.
At the afternoon ceremony, author and financial expert Barry Kaye will be awarded an honorary doctorate. His support of the College of Business has established the Barry Kaye School of Finance, Insurance and Economics as well as the Barry Kaye Institute of Insurance in Philanthropy. He has also made a major donation in support of the
Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus. The FAU National Alumni Association will honor
innovative leader of the worldwide application software industry
Richard C. "Dick" Cook with the Hall of Fame award. Mr. Cook earned
a bachelor's degree in management science from FAU in 1971.
Once again the graduating class reflects the wide range of students who pursue degrees at FAU. The oldest graduate is 71 years old; six people over the age of 60 will graduate and more than 70 are 50 years of age or older. Additionally, a 19-year-old will be among the 2,061 students receiving degrees. Nearly 70 countries will be represented and more than 90 students will graduate with 4.0 GPA’s for their work at FAU. Seven graduates will also celebrate their birthdays on Friday. Well done and good luck!