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FAU to Celebrate Spring 2012 Commencement

BOCA RATON, FL (April 30, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 2,600 degrees on Thursday, May 3 and Friday, May 4.  The ceremonies are scheduled for 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday, and 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday, in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, located in FAU's Student Union, 777 Glades Road.  These students will join more than 125,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the University opened its doors in 1964.

On May 3 at 9 a.m., FAU will present the President's Distinguished Service Medallion to three Tuskegee Airmen, retired Lt. Cols. Leo Gray and Eldridge Williams, and retired Judge Richard Rutledge. Before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying from the U.S. military. The Tuskegee Airmen are African American veterans who overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II, and whose achievements paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military.

Marvin Weiner will be awarded with an honorary doctorate posthumously from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters in the May 4 ceremony at 9 a.m. Weiner donated the "Spirit of America" collection of 13,000 original Revolutionary War-era pamphlets, books and newspapers to the FAU libraries. His family members will accept the award on his behalf.

Jaime Borras, '74, '81, CEO of Wireless Silicon Group and FAU alumnus, will receive the FAU National Alumni Hall of Fame Award at the May 4 ceremony being held at 1 p.m. A pioneer and innovator in the wireless telecommunications industry, Borras is highly regarded for his leadership in inventing and implementing new technologies in breakthrough products to drive emerging markets.

For more information regarding FAU's commencement ceremonies, contact Lisa Metcalf at 561-297-3022 or


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. 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. For more information, visit

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