Press Release for Tuesday, July 27, 2004

UNF Summer Commencement Is Aug. 6

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- The University of North Florida will graduate about 750 students Friday, Aug. 6, during Summer Commencement ceremonies. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in the UNF Arena, and Dr. Neal Coulter, dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, will give the commencement address.

Among the 752 candidates for graduation, 572 will receive bachelor’s degrees, 178 will receive master’s degrees, and two will receive doctorates.

The Senior Service Award recipient and naval officers set to be commissioned also will be recognized during the ceremony.

The Senior Service Award is presented by the UNF Alumni Association for service to the University and the community through volunteerism. This summer’s recipient is Eden Levine of Jacksonville’s Southside.

Levine, who grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area, will graduate with degrees in communications and criminal justice. She has been working 40-hour weeks this summer to complete two internships with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Levine has been active at UNF and in the community. She has worked on Earth Music Fest, an annual concert at UNF, as a member of Osprey Productions. She is a member of Golden Key International Honor Society, the Student Criminal Justice Association, and the Presidential Envoys Student Alumni Association. As an envoy, Levine has helped with many UNF-sponsored events, including Kids Fest, an event that allows underprivileged children a chance to visit the UNF campus for a day of fun.

She has been involved with Kids Fest since the first event four years ago. Levine said working with the event has been the most rewarding.

“Ever since the first UNF Kids Fest, each year continues to be as gratifying as the previous one,” she said “In addition, I take with me smiles, laughter and a sense of community, which helps to encompass a richer life.”

She also has participated in food drives; programs with the Salvation Army; walks for autism; valentines for the elderly; and campus events for children from the Jacksonville Boys’ Home.

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