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FAU Celebrates Spring Commencement

            BOCA RATON, FL (May 6, 2010) –  Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 2,500 degrees today and tomorrow during five commencement ceremonies held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.  The new graduates join more than 114,700 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 Interim President John F. Pritchett.  “I wholeheartedly congratulate all of the students who will walk across the stage at this spring’s commencement.  This is a major achievement in a person’s life and will empower them to achieve their academic or career aspirations.”

            The 9 a.m. ceremony on Friday will honor Jeremy Murphy, ’98, vice president of communications for CBS, who will receive the FAU National Alumni Association Hall of Fame Award.  Murphy oversees the company’s glossy promotional magazine, “Watch!,” as well as corporate communications for CBS Outdoor, its out-of-home advertising business. He also helps handle media relations for the CBS Corporation and its various divisions.

            Spring commencement also highlighted the accomplishments of several outstanding graduates, including:

  • Asher Grossman, 80, is the oldest student to graduate from FAU this semester.  He will walk in Friday’s commencement to receive his master’s degree in political science from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. 

  • Rodrigo Diaz was raised by his mother as an only child in Bogota, Colombia.  In 2000, he fled his native country where his life was in danger and sought political asylum in the United States.  For Diaz, the walk across the stage to receive his bachelor’s degree in accounting from FAU’s College of Business in the 9 a.m. ceremony on Thursday will seem more like a stunning victory lap.  He has overcome many obstacles, including an attack by a carjacker that left him with a severe brain injury, to achieve success today.

  • Dominique Ranieri, 18, will officially become the first FAU High School student to graduate from high school and college at the same time. She will walk in the 1 p.m. processional on Friday, alongside her classmates from FAU’s College of Architecture, Urban and Public Affairs to receive a B.A. in criminal justice. Just a few weeks later, Ranieri will march to “Pomp and Circumstance” once again, this time with the graduating members of FAU High School’s class of 2010.

  •   Lin Huang was changed by the events of September 11, 2001, which awakened within her a deep concern for homeland security and thus she dedicated herself to this matter as a doctoral student.  Huang explored the various ways biometric research and technology can be used to ensure that various institutions remain safe. She graduates on Friday at 1 p.m. with a Ph.D. in computer and electrical engineering.

Some interesting statistics regarding the spring graduating class include the fact that 103 of the degree recipients were over the age of 50.  The oldest graduate was 80 and the youngest was 17.  The graduates represent 59 countries.

            For the convenience of family members and friends who could not attend the commencement ceremonies, the proceedings were cybercast at


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the 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. For more information, visit .

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