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FGCU's 24th Commencement Graduates Over 1,100 Students May 2 at Germain Arena
4/21/2010

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University expects to graduate over 1,100 students during spring commencement exercises 2 p.m., Sunday, May 2 at Germain Arena located at 11000 Everblades Parkway, in Estero.

Tickets will be required of all guests. Participating graduates have been allocated tickets to provide to their guests. Members of the media will gain entry by presenting proper credentials.

FGCU alumnus Dr. John Little delivers the commencement address to graduates and over 5,800 family members and guests.

Little earned an Executive M.B.A. from FGCU in 2003. He currently serves on the FGCU Foundation Board of Directors. He was the inaugural chair of the FGCU Alumni Association Board of Directors, and was honored as the 2004 Alumnus of Distinction.

In 1970, Little received an M.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed his residency training in neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He received a Master of Science in Neurosurgery from the University of Minnesota in 1974. In 1975, he joined the neurosurgery faculty of the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University. He later moved to the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. He published more than 150 scientific papers and was the editor of "Clinical Neurosurgery."

When asked about the transition from a medical background to a business degree, Little said, "The program was challenging, and I learned a way of thinking that enhanced what I knew intuitively. I believe that once you stop learning and challenging yourself, you start to regress."

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw confers bachelor's and master's degrees in the University's five academic colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education, Health Professions, Lutgert College of Business and Professional Studies. FGCU has conferred more than 10,000 degrees since fall 1997. The commencement ceremony lasts approximately two and one half hours.

Commencement ceremonies are held twice a year, in May and December. The May commencement is for graduating candidates who have completed or who plan to complete all degree requirements in the spring term. The May ceremony is for graduating candidates who have completed or who plan to complete all degree requirements in the spring term. The December ceremony is for graduating candidates who have completed or who plan to complete all degree requirements in the summer or fall semesters.

The commencement ceremony will be viewable via webcast at the following link: www.fgcu.edu beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information, contact interim University Registrar Susan Byars at (239) 590-7924.


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