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FGCU Set for Commencement Saturday, May 10

Three ceremonies will graduate more than 1,300 students

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) expects to graduate more than 1,300 students on Saturday, May 10, during three commencement ceremonies at Alico Arena.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from the Lutgert College of Business and U.A. Whitaker College of Engineering. The 1 p.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from College of Education and College of Health Professions and Social Work. The 5 p.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences.

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 degrees at all events. FGCU has awarded 20,000 degrees since fall 1997. FGCU's 20,000th graduate will be acknowledged at the 5 p.m. ceremony.

Edward A. Morton, member of the Board of Governors for the State University System of Florida, will deliver the commencement address at morning and afternoon ceremonies. Morton has served as a Principal and Managing Director of the investment firm Wasmer & Schroeder & Co. since 2007. He retired in 2006 after 34 years of service, as the CEO of the NCH Healthcare System, a diversified healthcare holding company.

He is a Florida native and was raised in Islamorada. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Master of Health Science from Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU). He is a past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of FGCU and past Chair of the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors. He has served and currently sits on the board of a number of civic-minded organizations serving the citizens of Southwest Florida.

The commencement ceremonies will be viewable via webcast at beginning at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 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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