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FAU High School Celebrates 2011 Graduation
Talented Graduates Poised to Earn University Degrees

BOCA RATON,  FL (May 18, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University High School will host its graduation exercises on Friday, May 20, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center, 777 Glades Road. The group of 30 students represents the seventh graduating class since the school was founded in 2004. A highly innovative public high school administered by FAU's College of Education, FAU High challenges students with an advanced curriculum that uses the dual-enrollment concept as its programmatic centerpiece.

"As FAU has evolved and increased in class size, I've found the quality and depth of our students to have increased as well," said Terri Watson, dean of students of Florida Atlantic University Schools. "Our students are academically talented and highly motivated. They continue to outperform their counterparts and serve their community."

The graduating class hosts a number of accomplished students, including Salutatorian Ashley Love, 18, who will graduate twice this year. She will receive her high school diploma on May 20 and anticipates receiving her bachelor's degree in accounting from FAU in December. Love plans to apply to FAU's masters program in accounting for the spring 2012 semester.

Love, who was often the youngest person in the university classroom, commuted from Loxahatchee to attend FAU High, an hour long drive. "There were no limits going into this program, and it was so exciting and refreshing," said Love. "As more of the 'best and brightest' students seek out the amazing opportunity offered by FAU High School, the sky's the limit with where it can go."

Love currently works for a certified public accountant (CPA) and would like to become a CPA by age 20. Her ultimate goal is to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company by age 40.

More than half of this year's 30 high school graduates will continue their studies at FAU; most have attended FAU High since their freshmen year. The highly selective program offers high school students the opportunity to earn high school credits and university course hours at the same time at no cost. The school pays for tuition, fees and books. FAU High School is part of Florida Atlantic University Schools.

For more information on FAU High, contact Terri Watson at 561-297-0638 or


About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 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 & 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. 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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