FAU Celebrates Summer 2019 Commencement


(Photo by Alex Dolce)

By brittany sylvestri | 8/6/2019

Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 1,990 degrees today during four commencement ceremonies in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The new graduates will join more than 171,700 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the University opened its doors in 1964. This is the largest summer graduating class in FAU history.

“I am proud to be here today to celebrate the hard work of Florida Atlantic University’s largest summer graduating class,” said FAU President John Kelly. “I join their families and friends in congratulating them on this major accomplishment.”

Dr. Ilan Alhadeff, the father of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff, persevered to receive his executive MBA from FAU’s College of Business at 8:30 a.m.Ilan also is an affiliate faculty member in FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. Since tragedy struck the Alhadeff family, Ilan and his wife, Lori, have made it their mission to improve security at public schools nationwide. Along with creating Make Our Schools Safe, a national, nonprofit organization to protect students and teachers at school by increasing the response times of police and emergency services, they are also currently advocating for “Alyssa’s Law” to be passed by the U.S. Congress.

Some interesting statistics regarding the summer graduating class include the fact that 47 of the degree recipients are over the age of 50 and four are over the age of 60. The oldest graduate is 73 and the youngest is 18. The graduates represent 32 countries.

For the convenience of family members and friends who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies, the proceedings will be cybercast at www.fau.edu.