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FGCU Set for Commencement Sunday, Dec. 15

Two ceremonies will graduate more than 730 students

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) expects to graduate more than 730 students on Sunday, Dec. 15, during two commencement ceremonies at Alico Arena.

The 11 a.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Health Professions and Social Work. The 3:30 p.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from the Lutgert College of Business, College of Education and U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering.

Members of the media will gain entry by presenting proper credentials at a designated table marked MEDIA REGISTRATION in the Alico Arena lobby.

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw will confer bachelor's and master's degrees at both events. FGCU has awarded more than 16,000 degrees since fall 1997.

Jim Nathan, president and CEO of Lee Memorial Health System (LMHS), will deliver the commencement address at morning and afternoon ceremonies. Nathan served as LMHS president from 1982 through 1997 and again as president/CEO since 2000. As CEO, he has led Lee Memorial's emergence as a health system with four acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, a children’s hospital, a skilled nursing facility, a home health agency, multiple physician practices and outpatient services.

He is past chairman of the Florida Hospital Association and Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. In addition, he has served on numerous boards including as founding chairman of the Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida, and campaign chairman and president of the United Way of Lee County. He currently serves on the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors, as well as boards of the Voluntary Hospitals of America - Southwest Regional Partnership, and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

Nathan holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Miami University and master's degrees in Business Administration and Health Care Administration from Xavier University.

The commencement ceremonies will be viewable via webcast at beginning at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Alico Arena policy prohibits balloons and loud noise makers, and they will not be allowed indoors during commencement.

For more information contact Lillian Pagan, director of Media Relations, at

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