Miguel Fernandez to speak at Hodges University ESL Ft. Myers graduation ceremony

Hodges University announced today that local attorney Miguel Fernandez will be the featured keynote speaker at its summer 2010 English as a Second Language (ESL) graduation ceremony. The event will take place on August 23, at 10 am, at the University’s Ft. Myers campus, 4501 Colonial Boulevard. The graduation is a certificate and award ceremony which recognizes students’ accomplishments and their completion of Hodges’ intensive English program.

Fernandez is currently a judicial candidate running for Lee County Judge (Group 3). He is a board member for the Nation's Association and Lee County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Committee, and serves as a member of the Hispanic Institute at Hodges. Fernandez is a past President of the Lee County Bar Association (2005) and a former member of the Florida Bar Traffic Rules Committee and the Florida Bar's Small Claims Rules Committee. He is a past President of the Lee County Legal Aid Society and has served on several Lee County Bar committees including the Lee County Bar's Professionalism Committee as well as the Circuit-Wide Professionalism Committee. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association (FBA), and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL).

“We are honored to have Attorney Fernandez speak to our ESL graduates in Ft. Myers,” said Leisha Klentzeris, Director of the ESL program at Hodges. “Having emigrated to the United States from Cuba, many of our students will find inspiration in his life story.

“For some students, this ceremony is the closest they will get to a college graduation.  For others, this ceremony is truly a rite of passage as they enter Hodges as matriculated students or just step out more confidently and better equipped to play a role in our society.  These students work very hard and are dedicated to learning the English language, helping them achieve a variety of personal goals.”

Fernandez was born in Camaguey, Cuba.  At the age of 5, he came to the United States, settling in Keyport, New Jersey, with his parents, grandparents and his sister. He later became the first in his immediate family to become a United States citizen. He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Seton Hall University and a master’s in Public Administration and his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University.  Fernandez moved to Ft. Myers in 1988.

For the summer term, Hodges has over 400 students taking ESL classes at their Ft. Myers, Naples and Immokalee campuses. Students from countries all over the world, including Mexico, Brazil, Haiti, and various parts of Europe and Asia, are enrolled in the intensive program. 

To learn more about enrolling in Hodges University’s ESL program, phone (239) 513-1122 in Naples, (239) 482-0019 in Ft. Myers, or (239) 657-7710 in Immokalee.

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