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FAU Celebrates Summer Commencement

            BOCA RATON, FL (August 10, 2007) - Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 1,600 degrees today during three commencement ceremonies held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on the Boca Raton campus.  The new graduates join over 100,000 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.”

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

·         Elizabeth Whitehill will be receiving her master of science in biological sciences from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.   She performed her research at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, studying the effect of rising ocean temperatures on deep-sea shrimp.

·         Bathsheva Weinstein is 81-years old.   Growing up, her father expected her to work, so she dropped out of school to get a job.   Many years later, after obtaining her GED and associate’s degree, she began her work at FAU.   She took the bus everyday to and from FAU’s Davie campus.   Today, she will receive her long awaited bachelor’s degree in history from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.

Some interesting statistics regarding the summer graduating class include the fact that 65 of the 1,629 degree recipients were over the age of 50.  The oldest graduate was 81 and the youngest was 20.  The graduates represent 69 countries.

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


Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the university serves 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 and research university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges - the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the  Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, the Harriet L. Wilkes  Honors College, the Barry Kaye College of Business, and the Colleges of Education, Engineering & Computer Science, and  Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs.

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