650 students graduate during FGCU summer commencement

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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While many students are preparing to start the new school year, some are getting ready to start life after education.

Florida Gulf Coast University awarded 650 degrees at its summer commencement Saturday.

“Graduates, faculty, parents, relatives, undergraduates and all the people who like to randomly show up to university events, good morning,” student speaker Joshua Ballin said. “And congratulations to the Class of 2019.”

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Commissioner Brian Hamman, vice chairman of the Board of Lee County Commissioners, served as the summer commencement speaker, offering his personal advice to graduates.

“Which brings me to my first piece of advice: Put your phone on vibrate and sit in a completely different room during dinner. “Trust me on the low-carb thing. Cut out sugar and processed foods and focus on eating meat and vegetables.”

The most represented undergrad major on stage was integrated studies, a degree that allows students to combine courses across program.

For master’s degrees, FGCU said it awarded the most in clinical mental health counseling.

And with a turn of tassels on caps, the class that studied through Hurricane Irma graduated during the twenty-first year of the university’s history.

FGCU has awarded more than 35,000 degrees in its history.

Ballin reminded the soon-to-be FGCU alumni life after college will have some bumps much like those experienced in school.

“Failure is just a detour that detours us to another path that takes us in a better direction,” Ballin said.

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