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FGCU holds fall commencement ceremonies

Posted at 8:04 AM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 08:04:01-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- More than 1,000 Florida Gulf Coast University graduates are now on the job market.

Thousands packed the Alico Arena for two fall commencement ceremonies this weekend.

FGCU officials say the university awarded more than 1,000 degrees this fall. And that includes 19 students who are a part of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies inaugural class.

"This is breathtaking; I'm going to be very honest, it's a lot to take in right now. It’s very exciting to start a new journey and start a new chapter in our lives, and I'm just very excited to see how life is going to unfold and just this day right now is very overwhelming. I'm just ready for whatever comes next right now," said entrepreneurship graduate Brian Gabriel.

The commencement address was delivered by former chair of the Florida Board of Regents, Charles Edwards.