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December 6, 2016

970-plus Eagles to graduate Sunday

FGCU will confer degrees on more than 970 students on Sunday, Dec. 11, during two commencement ceremonies at Alico Arena.

The 9 a.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from Lutgert College of Business, College of Education, and College of Health Professions and Social Work. The 1 p.m. ceremony will be for students graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences 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 confers all degrees in the university’s five academic colleges. FGCU has awarded more than 23,000 degrees since fall 1997.

Christopher J. Simoneau, Vice President for University Advancement and Executive Director of the FGCU Foundation, will be the commencement speaker at both ceremonies. He oversees all aspects of advancement, including fundraising, alumni relations, special events, donor relations and stewardship, endowment management, and university marketing and communications. Simoneau was previously with Tufts University, where he served as Senior Director of University Advancement and campaign manager for Tufts’ successful $1.2 billion fundraising campaign that concluded in 2011. His previous higher education experience includes stints as Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning at Case Western Reserve University; as Director at Columbia University in both the Earth Institute and Student Services; and Business Manager at Princeton University. Simoneau also has experience in the private sector, including in the areas of strategic management, finance and administration.

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

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

Individuals who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability can contact the Office of Adaptive Services at (239) 590-7956, by e-mail at [email protected], or via the Florida Relay at 711.