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FGCU Hosts 15th Commencement Exercises Dec. 10; Rep. Goodlette to Give Address

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University expects to graduate 586 students during fall commencement exercises 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 at Alico Arena.

State Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette of the 76th District of Florida delivers the commencement address to graduates and over 5,000 family members and guests. President William C. Merwin confers degrees.

The conferring of an honorary doctoral degree on Mr. Raymond Lutgert is a special highlight of the fall commencement ceremony. Lutgert will be awarded the Doctor of Laws degree.

Lutgert is being honored for valuing higher education for individuals and communities and for supporting educational and other philanthropic causes designed to foster a more enlightened and enhanced quality of life for all.

Florida Gulf Coast University confers honorary doctoral degrees on worthy individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public good.

As a state representative, commencement speaker Goodlette has served the areas of coastal Collier County including Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City since 1998.

In addition to public service in the Florida Legislature, Goodlette served as president of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Economic Development Council of Collier County in 1988. He chaired the Community Redevelopment Advisory Board in Naples that was largely responsible for the downtown revitalization that began in 1992.

Goodlette is a founding member of and has served as an elder and chair of the Board of Trustees in the First Christian Church of Naples. He served on the Edison Community College Board of Trustees from 1990 to 1994 and continues to serve on The Foundation Board of Florida Gulf Coast University.

In 1993-94, the Naples Daily News honored Goodlette as the Naples Citizen of the Year. In 1996, the Boys and Girls Club of Collier County named him Man of the Year and in 1999, he was named to the Junior Achievement Business Laureate Leadership Hall of Fame. For his continued public service both at home and in Tallahassee, Goodlette was honored by the Economic Development Council of Collier County as its Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for 2001.

Goodlette is a 1972 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law. He earned a political science degree in 1970 from Eastern Kentucky University. He served in military intelligence in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1970 to 1985 and was honorably discharged as a captain.

Goodlette continues his law practice as a board-certified Real Estate Attorney with the firm of Goodlette, Coleman & Johnson in Naples.

He is married to Barb Goodlette. They have four adult children and five grandchildren.

The ceremony is FGCU's 15th commencement and includes students completing degree requirements during summer and fall terms. FGCU has conferred over 4,000 degrees since fall 1997. The ceremony lasts approximately two hours. A reception for graduates and their guests follows the ceremony. Doors open at 9 a.m. for seating.

For more information, call associate vice president for Community Relations Audrea Anderson at (239) 590-1083.

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