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Florida Tech Fall Commencement Set for Dec. 15 at Clemente Center

Propulsion Systems Director at
NASA Marshall to Offer Keynote 

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology will confer more than 1,000 degrees on students from the U.S. and around the world on Dec. 15 as the university holds its fall commencement ceremonies.

At 9:30 a.m., the undergraduate ceremony featuring 298 students will be held at the Charles and Ruth Clemente Center, 150 W. University Blvd. At 2 p.m., the graduate ceremony will feature 427 students.

Among those who have earned degrees are 302 students from the university’s online programs and 181 from off-site programs. There are also 15 dual-degree recipients. In total, the university will bestow 1,009 degrees.

Graduates hail from 30 states – including 182 from Florida – and 60 countries. Saudi Arabia, China and India are among the countries with the highest representation. Those with a single graduate include Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cayman Islands, Georgia, Italy, Kenya, Norway and Slovenia.y

Both ceremonies will feature keynote addresses from Mary Beth Koelbl, director of the Propulsion Systems Department at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center since 2015.

Koelbl joined Marshall in 1986 as an aerospace engineer in the Turbomachinery and Combustion Devices Branch. In 2000, she was named deputy group leader of the Engine Systems Engineering Group, and in 2003 was named group leader. After a center-wide reorganization in 2005, she was named chief of the Engine and Main Propulsion Systems Branch. She was promoted to division chief of the Propulsion Systems Division, where she served until her appointment to the deputy director of the Propulsion Systems Department in 2011.

Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay – who before entering academia in 1986 served as a senior engineer, branch chief and division chief at Marshall Space Flight Center – will offer opening remarks at both ceremonies.

For more information and details on the live Web broadcast of the ceremonies, go to www.fit.edu/graduation/.

To arrange for access and interviews, please contact Adam Lowenstein by 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at adam@fit.edu or 321-674-8964.

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