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FAU to Celebrate Fall 2012 Commencement

BOCA RATON, Fla. (December 3, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University will confer more than 2,400 degrees during its fall commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m., 1 and 5 p.m., and Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m., and 1 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, located in FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. These students will join more than 124,000 alumni who have graduated from FAU since the university opened in 1964.

FAU will present the President’s Distinguished Service Medallion to Claudia Hillinger, Ph.D., president of the Max Planck Florida Foundation, which is part of the Max Planck facility that is located at FAU Jupiter. She joined the Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful scientific research organization, in 1998. Hillinger was responsible for Institute development before becoming research coordinator and head of the Central Scientific Laboratories and Technical Facilities for the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She received a doctorate in biology from the Institute of Botany and Microbiology at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). She recently received the highest honor awarded by the German American Business Chamber in Miami – the 2012 German American Award of Excellence.

Jay Salkini, president and CEO of Tecore Networks and a two-time FAU alumnus, will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the 9 a.m. ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6. Dr. Joan and Dr. Bernard Chodorkoff , retired psychoanalysts and major FAU donors, will be awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at the 1 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 6.

Emily Sutker will be awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree posthumously from the College of Education on Friday, Dec. 7, at 1 p.m. She was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at FAU at the time of her death. Her family will accept the degree on her behalf. This fall’s commencement also includes three interesting graduate profiles (see attached).

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


About Florida Atlantic University:
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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