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FAU Celebrates Fall 2010 Commencement

                BOCA RATON, FL (December 9, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 2,550 degrees Thursday, December 9 and Friday, December 10 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 118,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened its doors in 1964.
            “I am incredibly proud of FAU’s graduates and their achievements,” said FAU President Mary Jane Saunders.  “Commencement is always a testament to the quality of the University’s faculty, and the talent and determination of its students.  I look forward to celebrating this day with FAU’s students, their parents, as well as other members of the extended FAU community.”
            The 1 p.m. ceremony on Friday will honor Dr. Richard J. Staller, Delray Beach dentist, with the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion.  Staller donated thousands of hours of his time and expertise to provide dental care to FAU’s student-athletes as the athletics department’s first and only dentist.  A recognized expert in his field, Staller has appeared on both network and cable television, and has implemented a custom mouth guard program for the athletes.  Staller is one of the original 100 Football Founders to launch FAU’s football program in 2001.
            Fall commencement also highlights the accomplishments of outstanding graduates, including:

  •          Barbara Dahlen, 58, is only the 15 th American Indian ever to earn a doctoral degree in nursing.  A Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Dahlen came to FAU from the University of North Dakota where she taught nursing and recruited American Indians to nursing.  She is now the director of nursing for the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribal College.  Dahlen will walk for the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing in the December 9 ceremony at 5 p.m.

  •          Georgia Paul, 20, is the youngest person ever to graduate from the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science’s B.S./M.S. Fast Track Program in Biology, simultaneously receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees while completing the five-year program in four years.  Having overcome numerous traumatic experiences in her native country of Haiti, Paul plans to attend medical school.  She will walk in the 1 p.m. commencement ceremony on December 10.

Some interesting statistics regarding the fall graduating class include the fact that 90 of the degree recipients were over the age of 50.  The oldest graduate was 72 and the youngest was 19.  The graduates represent 61 countries. 
            For the convenience of family members and friends who cannot attend the commencement ceremonies, the proceedings will be cybercast at
www.fau.edu .


-FAU-

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: 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. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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