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FAU Celebrates Spring Commencement
BOCA RATON, FL (May 2, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University conferred more than 2,600 degrees today during three commencement ceremonies held in the FAU Arena on the Boca Raton campus. The new graduates join more than 104,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened its doors in 1964.
“Commencement is a wonderful opportunity for FAU’s students, faculty, staff and the extended FAU family to celebrate the great accomplishments of these graduates,” said FAU President Frank T. Brogan. “With the tools acquired through their success at FAU, these students will have the opportunity to achieve their part of the American dream.”
During the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony, FAU presented the Alumni Hall of Fame Award to Mary Wood, ’76, vice president and controller of The AES Corporation, a $14 billion global power company. An accounting major, Wood earned her undergraduate degree from FAU’s Barry Kaye College of Business. In addition to her many business achievements, Wood was recognized for her interest in various public causes, which is reflected in her involvement on numerous non-profit boards, including the FAU National Alumni Association Board.
At the 1:30 p.m. commencement ceremony, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science awarded three degrees posthumously. The degrees were accepted by the families of Damion Marx, Philip Heidemann and Jennifer Anselme.
During the 6 p.m. commencement ceremony, Betty Zinman, former chair of the FAU Foundation, was presented with the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service. Zinman has been a tireless advocate of the university and major donor to many programs at FAU.
Spring commencement also highlighted the accomplishments of several outstanding graduates (see attached profiles). FAU’s graduating class included 103 graduates who were over the age of 50. The oldest graduate was 62, and the youngest graduate was 18. The graduates represented 62 countries.
For the convenience of family members and friends who could not attend the commencement ceremonies, the proceedings were cybercast at www.fau.edu.
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.