Lt. Governor Frank T. Brogan Named Speaker For International College Commencement
Lt. Governor Frank T. Brogan, a champion of education, will be the commencement speaker at International College’s graduation ceremony at 4 p.m., June 9, at the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts.
International College, founded in 1990, has campus locations in Naples and Fort Myers. Of the 371 graduates, 152 are from the Naples campus.
Brogan, 48, is the 15th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Florida and was an educator for more than 20 years. His list of accomplishments include being elected as the youngest and first Republican Commissioner of Education in Florida, developing the process to identify and improve low performing schools, leading the effort to raise the passing score for the High School Competency Test to help prepare Florida’s high school graduates for postsecondary education and getting the passage of the Sunshine State Standards, Florida’s academic standards now required of students as they progress from grade to grade. He also serves as a mentor to a middle school student in Tallahassee as part of the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative.
Lt. Gov. Brogan’s awards include the 1996 Civil Rights Award in Education, the 1998 Child Advocate of the Year, the Florida School Boards Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Public Service Award from the Pioneers in Prostate Cancer for his tireless efforts to educate people about cancer. He also crusades in the fight against breast cancer.
“I cannot emphasize enough the doors of opportunity that a quality education can unlock,” Brogan said. “Education is one of the greatest tools a person can possess in his life, particularly one in higher education. I commend this year’s graduates, especially the adult learners who have let nothing stand in their way of attaining a degree and achieving their dreams.”
International College, accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offers associate, bachelor and master degree programs among 13 fields of study in business, law, healthcare, computer information technology and criminal justice. Class schedules, academic programs and delivery methods are designed for the working adult. Classes are held at night, on weekends, during the day and online. The average student age is 32.