MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Charles and Ruth Clemente Center is the site of Florida Institute of Technology’s spring commencement ceremonies on May 7 at 10 a.m. A highlight of the event will be commencement speaker U.S. Senator from Florida George LeMieux. He was sworn in to the U.S. Senate Sept. 10, 2009, completing the remainder of Senator Mel Martinez’s unexpired term.
A native Floridian, LeMieux led the Executive Office of Florida Governor Charlie Crist as the Governor’s Chief of Staff in 2007. In early 2008, LeMieux rejoined the law firm of Gunster, Yoakley. In March that year he was selected to lead the firm as chairman. He and his wife Meike have four children: Max, Taylor, Chase and Madeleine.
Lemieux, who grew up in Broward County, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a degree in political science. He received his law school education at Georgetown University where he graduated with honors.
At the ceremony, five bachelor’s degree graduates, all coincidentally from Florida, will receive the Faculty Honors Award for maintaining a 4.0 (perfect) grade point average. They are Amanda Rose Anderson, a forensic psychology major from Palm Bay; Joshua Martin Black, an aeronautical science major with flight option from Venice; Cara Jane Bortz, a psychology major from Merritt Island; Mikaela Elise Devaux, a biological sciences major from W. Melbourne; and Nicholas Michael Milano, a chemical engineering major from Panama City.
This May, about 830 students will be eligible to walk across the stage to receive their Florida Tech associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. These include students earning degrees through the Melbourne campus in May; students who completed degree requirements this spring through the university’s Extended Studies Division, which has 10 sites throughout the United States and a virtual campus; and students earning degrees through online programs. Among them are 21 students who are the first to graduate from Florida Tech’s University Alliance online MBA program.