MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Charles and Ruth Clemente Center is the site of Florida Institute of Technology’s fall commencement ceremonies on Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. A highlight of the event will be the commencement speech by Chairman of the Florida Tech Board of Trustees Dale Dettmer.
“Dale is always so giving of his time,” said Florida Tech President Anthony J. Catanese. “We are looking forward to a message from him that inspires and motivates.”
Dettmer, who has practiced law in Melbourne since 1974, is a partner in the law firm of Krasny and Dettmer. His practice is concentrated in the areas of business law, real estate and estate planning. He is board certified in taxation by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.
He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1967; master’s degree in electrical engineering from Florida Tech in 1971; and a Juris Doctorate with honors from the University of Florida in 1973. He is a member of the University of Florida Law Review.
Dettmer also serves as chair of the board of Health First Foundation Inc. and is past chair and a member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Brevard Inc. He is also a member of the board of directors of BankFIRST, a community bank, and The BANKshares Inc, a bank holding company, both of Winter Park, Fla. He is past president and a member of the board of directors of the Melbourne Kidney Center Inc.
A resident of Merritt Island, he is married to Pamela Joan Dettmer and has three children.
At the ceremony, two bachelor’s degree graduates will receive the Faculty Honors Award for maintaining a 4.0 (perfect) grade point average. They are Xenia Janice Fave of Virginia Beach, Va., and Judson Benton Locke, of Gulf Shores, Ala. Both are physics majors.
About 1,345 degrees will be awarded, including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. These include students earning degrees through the Melbourne campus in December; summer graduates; students who completed degree requirements this fall through the university’s Extended Studies Division, which has 10 sites throughout the United States and a virtual campus; and about 530 students earning degrees through online programs.