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FAU Hosts Fifth Annual Freshman Convocation

BOCA RATON, FL (August 19, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University will host its largest freshman class of more than 3,200 students at its fifth annual Freshman Convocation on Sunday, August 21, at 1 p.m., in the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“In addition to a record number of new freshmen, we have an incredibly strong incoming class,” says Edward Pratt, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate studies at FAU and coordinator of the event. “The number of students in our honors programs has more than doubled.”

The formality of the Freshman Convocation serves to underscore the important transition that is taking place in their lives and to extend the support of the university community to its newest members.

FAU President Mary Jane Saunders; Brenda Claiborne, Ph.D., university provost; and Student Government President Ayden Maher will welcome the freshmen in Sunday’s ceremony.

The keynote speaker at this year’s convocation will be Deborah Floyd, Ph.D., FAU’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Floyd, a professor in the College of Education with more than 35 years of experience in her field, teaches courses on leadership and student engagement. Before coming to FAU, she served as president of Prestonsburg Community College and as a senior fellow at the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is one of the country’s foremost experts on the community college baccalaureate degree and related trends.

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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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