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Here’s a look at FSU, FAMU commencement speakers for the spring 2024 graduating class

Several high-achieving keynote speakers are set to handle the spring 2024 graduating class as hundreds of Florida State and Florida A&M Universities’ college students get able to cross the stage.

FSU could have 5 speakers at its commencement ceremonies this semester — together with FSU Coach Odell Haggins, the nation’s longest-tenured assistant soccer coach — whereas FAMU could have three speakers, together with famend jazz trumpeter Scotty Barnhart.

“We are fortunate to have three accomplished and inspirational speakers to address our 2024 spring graduates,” FAMU President Larry Robinson stated in a ready assertion. “I can’t wait to hear the wisdom they will share.”

FAMU President Larry Robinson speaks during a fall 2023 commencement ceremony at the Lawson Center.FAMU President Larry Robinson speaks during a fall 2023 commencement ceremony at the Lawson Center.

FAMU President Larry Robinson speaks throughout a fall 2023 commencement ceremony at the Lawson Center.

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The universities’ commencement occasions will probably be held Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, with FSU’s graduations going down at the Tucker Civic Center as FAMU’s ceremonies will probably be held at the Al Lawson Center.

More than 1,200 college students from FAMU’s 14 schools and colleges are anticipated to obtain their levels throughout the ceremonies.

At FSU, President Richard McCullough will preside over a collection of occasions throughout the two-day celebration the place levels will probably be awarded to 7,813 graduates, — together with 5,739 bachelor’s levels, 1,379 grasp’s and specialist levels and 273 doctoral levels.

Separate ceremonies will happen for FSU’s College of Law to confer 312 levels on May 5 whereas its College of Medicine will confer 110 levels on May 18, in accordance with the college.

Here are the speakers for this spring’s commencement ceremonies at FSU and FAMU.

FSU's spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: James Seneff, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, Christopher Iansiti, FSU Coach Odell Haggins and Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan).FSU's spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: James Seneff, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, Christopher Iansiti, FSU Coach Odell Haggins and Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan).

FSU’s spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: James Seneff, U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, Christopher Iansiti, FSU Coach Odell Haggins and Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan).

FSU commencement speakers

James Seneff: Seneff, an FSU alumnus with a bachelor’s in enterprise administration, will tackle College of Business graduates throughout the college’s 2 p.m. ceremony Friday. He is the founding father of CNL Financial Group — an Orlando-based personal funding administration agency — and he established the James M. Seneff Scholars Program to offer FSU college students enterprise networking and mentorship alternatives.

Neal Dunn: Dunn is a U.S. Representative from Florida’s 2nd Congressional District and can converse to College of Arts and Sciences graduates at FSU’s 7 p.m. ceremony Friday. The U.S. Army veteran was a surgeon in Panama City for over 25 years and at the moment serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Christopher Iansiti: A two-time FSU alumnus, Iansiti based and not too long ago offered IANSITI Performance Group Inc., an organizational efficiency consulting agency. The FSU College of Business corridor of famer at the moment chairs the FSU Foundation Board of Trustees and can tackle FSU graduates at Saturday’s ceremony at 9 a.m.

Odell Haggins: FSU Associate Head Football Coach Haggins, who will converse throughout Saturday’s 2 p.m. ceremony, has been a member of the Florida State Seminoles teaching workers since 1994 and is an FSU Athletics corridor of famer. He performed for the college from 1985 to 1989 as an All-American defensive lineman, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers and he additionally performed for the Buffalo Bills.

Donna Deegan: Deegan is Jacksonville’s first female mayor and can ship her commencement speech throughout FSU’s 7 p.m. ceremony Saturday. The FSU alumna — who graduated with a bachelor’s diploma in communications and was a broadcast journalist for 25 years — based the DONNA Foundation to assist most cancers sufferers, survivors and well being care suppliers after her private battles with breast most cancers.

FAMU's spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: Gregory Gerami, LaToya Myles, Scotty Barnhart).FAMU's spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: Gregory Gerami, LaToya Myles, Scotty Barnhart).

FAMU’s spring 2024 commencement speakers. (From left: Gregory Gerami, LaToya Myles, Scotty Barnhart).

FAMU commencement speakers

LaToya Myles: Myles, a FAMU alumna, is deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Air Resources Laboratory (NOAA ARL) and can converse to FAMU’s graduates at 6 p.m. Friday. Myles was additionally the first girl and first African American to serve in a division director position at ARL via its Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion Division in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Scotty Barnhart: Barnhart — an acclaimed jazz trumpeter, chief, composer, arranger, educator and creator — will tackle the college’s graduates at Saturday’s 9 a.m. ceremony. The three-time Grammy winner and FAMU alumnus is director of the Count Basie Orchestra and can also be a tenured professor of jazz at FSU.

Gregory Gerami: Gerami is the founder and CEO of the farming firm Batterson Farms Corporation, and he’s additionally a pioneer in producing and promoting high-quality hemp seeds. He will converse to graduates from FAMU schools and colleges that embrace the School of Business and Industry and the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering throughout Saturday’s 2 p.m. ceremony.

While FAMU’s commencement ceremonies are open to the public, FSU’s graduations are ticketed occasions.

For info on the commencement schedules by faculty and how you can livestream the ceremonies, go to FSU’s web site at https://commencement.fsu.edu/ and FAMU’s web site at https://www.famu.edu/students/commencement/.

Contact Tarah Jean at [email protected] or observe her on X: @tarahjean_.

This article initially appeared on Tallahassee Democrat: FSU, FAMU announce 2024 commencement speakers for spring graduation

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