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FAU to Celebrate Summer 2012 Commencement

BOCA RATON, FL (August 3, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 1,600 degrees during its summer commencement on Tuesday, August 7. 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, Boca Raton campus. These students will join more than 127,500 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened its doors in 1964.

FAU will present the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion to Marilyn C. Link, the longtime leader of the Harbor Branch Foundation and the Link Foundation at the 1 p.m. ceremony. Link served as trustee and managing director of the Harbor Branch Foundation and provided support to what has become the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI). She played a key role in HBOI’s ongoing development and in 1965, the Link Foundation, founded by her brother Edwin A. Link, provided a generous grant to FAU to support the creation of the country’s first undergraduate ocean engineering degree program. The Link Foundation continues to provide opportunities for FAU students to work and learn beside HBOI/FAU’s world-class ocean engineers and marine scientists.

Agbe Fianu Asiamigbe, an FAU alumnus, will be awarded with an honorary master’s degree posthumously from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at 5 p.m. Asiamigbe, who was pursuing a Master of Science in Teaching Mathematics degree at FAU, taught high school mathematics and was an adjunct mathematics faculty member at Broward College. His daughter will accept the award on his behalf.

This summer’s commencement also includes three interesting graduate profiles.  For more information regarding FAU’s commencement ceremonies and graduate profiles, contact Chris Stotz at 561-297-1168 or cstotz1@fau.edu .

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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