For Immediate Release
December 09, 2011
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Zachary Rinkins
Office of Public Affairs
(305) 626-3624

(BPRW) Bahamian Governor-General Set to Keynote FMU Graduation

- His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes will address Summer and Fall classes -

(BLACK PR WIRE) – MIAMI GARDENS, FL – Florida Memorial University (FMU), South Florida’s only historically black university, is culminating another semester of transforming learners into leaders during its annual Summer/Fall combined commencement ceremony. His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, will journey from Nassau to Miami Gardens to salute FMU’s Summer and Fall 2011 graduating classes. The island nation’s Commander-in-Chief will serve as keynote speaker during the Saturday, December 10, ceremony. The event, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m., will be held in the A. Chester Robinson Athletic Center.

“There is no university in South Florida, and, indeed, the world, that better prepares students to become world leaders than Florida Memorial University,” said Dr. Henry Lewis III, president of FMU. “Florida Memorial has high standards for our students and graduates. We aim to prepare our students to succeed in this increasingly competitive and global marketplace. We are honored to expose future world leaders and the entire community to such a distinguished and world-class champion of freedom.”

His Excellency Sir Foulkes was born in Mathew Town, Inagua. He spent his professional career as a journalist, supporter of Bahamian Independence, politician and civil-rights advocate. His distinguished contributions in service of the Bahamian people include elections to Parliament; ambassadorships to China and several European countries; founding the Free National Party and being knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Sir Foulkes to the position of Governor-General and her Representative in The Bahamas. His Excellency spent his adult life fighting for freedom and equality and will encourage more than 150 FMU graduates to do likewise.

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About Florida Memorial University:
Located in the City of Miami Gardens, Florida Memorial University is a private, historically Black institution that offers 42 undergraduate degree programs and four graduate degree programs to a culturally diverse student body. Since its inception in 1879, the University has upheld its commitment to providing a solid foundation for thousands of young people and opening doors to educational opportunities that may have otherwise been closed to them. As South Florida’s only Historically Black College or University (HBCU), it is widely recognized as the birthplace of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and, the home of student Barrington Irving, Jr., the first pilot of African descent and youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. FMU is led by Dr. Henry Lewis, III, PharmD, the university’s twelfth president. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at (305) 626-3624. You can support FMU by visiting