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FIU hits graduation milestones: first class of physicians, youngest to date and 200,000th graduate


Spring graduation at FIU will make history this year, as the first class of physicians walks across the commencement stage. In separate ceremonies the university’s youngest graduate, as well as 200,000th graduate will receive their degrees.

“Commencement is always an exciting time of renewal and celebration, but this spring will be quite memorable,” said President Mark B. Rosenberg, who will preside over three days of commencement starting on Monday, April 29, 2013. “I’m proud of our students for their determination and dedication to their studies, and faculty and staff who guide and inspire them along the way.”

  • 8560912330_d7fa49c2b1_zIn 2009, the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine welcomed its first class of students. Four years later, through perseverance and hard work, dreams of being doctors have become reality for the first 33 students, who received 100 percent residency match earlier this spring. The College of Medicine convocation will take place Monday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.
  • IMG_2915 At the tender age of 16, Miami native Sky Choi will make FIU history as the youngest graduate when he receives his bachelor’s degree in Asian studies. The multilingual wunderkind was considered profoundly gifted from a very young age. He began dual enrollment at FIU at age 10 and by age 12 graduated from high school and enrolled at FIU. Choi, whose passion is teaching, will pursue a master’s degree in teaching mathematics at Harvard University’s Extension School after graduation and hopes to earn a Ph.D. from FIU. Choi will graduate during the ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at 10 a.m.
  •  FIU will also make its mark this commencement season when it presents its 200,000th degree during the ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.

During the commencement ceremonies, the university will bestow medallions and honorary degrees to the following distinguished community members:

  • Chairman and CEO of Brain Power, Inc.; Founding Chairman of the Herbert A. Wertheim College of Medicine at FIU; and FIU Trustee Emeritus, Herbert Wertheim, Honorary Degree–Doctor of Medicine; Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10 a.m.
  • Founder of Leon Medical Centers, Benjamin Leon Jr., FIU Medallion–Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m.
  • Chairman and CEO of Lowes Hotel and Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Board member, Jonathan M. Tisch, FIU Medallion–Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; Monday, April 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Israeli mountaineer, Nadav Ben-Yehuda, FIU Medallion of Courage; Tuesday, April 30 at 10 a.m.
  • Founding principal of Arellano Construction and FIU Foundation Board of Directors member, Augustin R. Arellano, FIU Medallion–Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10 a.m.
  • Chairman of Espirito Santo Bank and chairman of the FIU President’s Council, Victor Balestra, FIU Medallion–Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Award; Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

United States Representative Joe Garcia will be the commencement speaker on Tuesday, April 30 at 3 p.m.

All the ceremonies, except for the College of Medicine Convocation, will take place at the U.S. Century Bank Arena.

The full commencement schedule can be found here.