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FAU to Celebrate Spring 2013 Commencement

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 29, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 3,100 degrees during its spring commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3. The ceremonies are scheduled both days for 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, in FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. These students will join more than 130,800 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened its doors in 1964.

Honorary doctorates will be awarded to bestselling author James Patterson and inventor/entrepreneur Michael R. Levine.

Patterson will receive his honorary doctorate from the College of Education during the ceremony on Friday at 9 a.m. He holds the Guinness Book record for the most No. 1 New York Times bestsellers of any author, and is expected to reach 10 million eBook sales in 2013. An innovative advocate of reading education whose websites include, Patterson has established the James Patterson Teacher Education Scholarship Fund in FAU’s College of Education. The fund awards scholarships to College of Education students who are pursuing careers in teaching with special emphasis on reading education. 

Levine will receive his honorary doctorate from the College of Engineering and Computer Science during the ceremony on Friday at 1 p.m. A generous supporter of the College, he holds more than 60 U.S. patents and actively mentors students at FAU.  Levine has established FAU’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Laboratory, and also has funded research in areas that include mobile systems, healthcare technologies and campus applications.

Dr. Michael T. B. Dennis, M.D. will receive the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion, an award presented to those who have rendered service of great value to the university and the greater community also during the ceremony on Friday at 1 p.m. A retired plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dennis is the founding chair of the advisory board of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, and has played a key role in the College’s rapid development. Now in its second year of operation, the college recently received provisional accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the accrediting authority for medical education programs in the U.S. and Canada.

Gene G. Kinney, Ph.D., will be inducted into the FAU National Alumni Association Hall of Fame during the Thursday ceremony at 5 p.m. A recognized leader in the field of neuroscience drug discovery and Alzheimer’s disease research and therapeutics, Kinney is chief scientific officer and head of research and development at Prothena Biosciences in San Francisco. He is a double alumnus of FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, having received a master’s degree in psychology in 1992 and a doctorate in psychology in 1994.

This spring’s commencement also includes five interesting graduate profiles (see attached).

For more information regarding FAU’s commencement ceremonies, contact Chris Stotz at 561-297-1168 or .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. 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. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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