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FAU to Celebrate 2011 Summer Commencement

BOCA RATON, FL (August 5, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will confer nearly 1,700 degrees on Tuesday, August 9. The ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, located in FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road. These students will join more than 122,000 who have graduated from FAU since the University opened its doors 50 years ago. This year’s commencement marks the 101st ceremony for the University, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The 5 p.m. ceremony will honor Dr. Ira J. Gelb with the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion. A renowned board-certified cardiologist, Gelb has a long history of volunteer service to the university. He currently is assistant dean for pre-baccalaureate programs, co-director of cardiology and a clinical professor of biomedical science in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU.

This summer’s commencement includes an interesting graduate profile (see attached). Menachem Henri Hager, 90, will become the oldest graduate of Florida Atlantic University when he receives his master’s degree in liberal studies from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at the 1 p.m. ceremony.

For more information regarding FAU’s commencement ceremonies, contact Kristine Gobbo at 561-297-1168 or


About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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