arthur-foulkes_web.jpgMIAMI GARDENS (BLACK PR WIRE) — His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, governor-general of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, traveled from Nassau to salute the graduating classes as Florida Memorial University, South Florida’s only historically black university, observed its annual summer/fall combined commencement ceremony.

The event marked the first time a sitting commander-in-chief participated in the university’s commencement exercise.

His Excellency Sir Foulkes was born in Matthew Town, Inagua. He spent his professional career as a journalist, supporter of Bahamian independence, politician and civil rights advocate. His distinguished contributions in service of the Bahamian people include elections to Parliament, ambassadorships to China and several European countries, founding the Free National Party and being knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2010, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Sir Foulkes to the position of governor-general and as her representative in The Bahamas.

Sir Foulkes, who has spent his adult life fighting for freedom and equality, encouraged the graduates and audience to do likewise. “I urge you to go beyond the need to make a living,” Sir Foulkes said, “and, consider the challenge of making life worth living through service to others. The imperative of service should not be an afterthought for those who wish to live fully, exuberantly and wonderfully.”

Nearly 100 graduates moved to the next phase of their adult lives during this year’s ceremony at FMU, which has a 132-year history of educational excellence.

“There is no university in South Florida, and indeed, the world, that better prepares students to become leaders than Florida Memorial University,” said Dr. Henry Lewis, III, FMU president. “Florida Memorial has high standards for our students and graduates. We aim to prepare our students to succeed in this increasingly competitive and global marketplace. We are honored to expose future world leaders and the entire community to such a distinguished and world-class champion of freedom.”


Photo: KEYNOTE: Sir Arthur Foulkes delivering the commencement address to Florida Memorial University graduates.