“Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Excellence and Success” Gala

Florida Memorial University (FMU) Interim President Jaffus Hardrick and Local 10 anchor Calvin Hughes invite you to help the university celebrate 50 years of delivering academic excellence in South Florida. Scheduled for November 2, THIS IS A BLACK TIE, RED CARPET EVENT, promises to deliver an evening of elegance and enlightenment about South Florida’s only historically Black university. Attendees can expect an exciting keynote from NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas. And, local music sensation, Libido is providing entertainment. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $150 and tables are $1,200.

FMU’s origins date back to 1879 in northern Florida. While operating in Saint Augustine, Florida, activism by FMC students threatened to upset the delicate relationship between the City of St. Augustine and Florida Memorial, as well as provoking the resentment and animosity of whites in the area. Given this vulnerable financial and social situation, then-president Dr. Royal W. Puryear oversaw the relocation of the school when, in 1965, the trustees purchased a 48-acre former airstrip near Opa-locka in Dade County. Click here to learn more.

FMU boasts distinguished alumni like Bishop Victor T. Curry (Class of 1986), founding pastor of New Birth Baptist Church; Norma Ely –Jones (Class of 1986), a retired Army Colonel who served as air traffic manager to former President Barack Obama; and Barrington Irving, Jr. (Class of 2009), the youngest person to pilot a plane around the world solo. The University aims to continue this tradition of producing alums who can compete in our global marketplace for the next 50 years, and beyond.

The details are as follows:

Florida Memorial University presents “Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Excellence and Success” Gala


Friday, November 2, 2018 at 8:00 P.M.


Florida Memorial University
Wellness Center
15800 N.W. 42 Avenue
Miami Gardens, Florida 33054


$150 per person
$1200 for a table of 8

Gala features include:

  • Engage with FMU students, faculty and staff
  • Hosted by WPLG Channel 10 News Anchor Calvin Hughes
  • A keynote address from NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas
  • Live entertainment from South Florida music sensation, Libido
  • Network with some of South Florida’s most influential and prominent people
  • Fine Dining
  • Dancing and Live Entertainment

Purchase Tickets Online – SOLD OUT

Saturday November 3rd – Friends & Family Day
12:00pm Florida Memorial University – Clock Tower Promenade

Sunday November 4th – Worship Service
9:30am New Birth Baptist Church

Ameena Shaheed
University Advancement Office Florida Memorial University
Telephone: 305-626-3611
Email: cassandra.shaheed@fmuniv.edu

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