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Jimmy Buffett announced as University of Miami commencement speaker

Jimmy Buffett will deliver the commencement address on Friday for University of Miami graduates.
Jimmy Buffett will deliver the commencement address on Friday for University of Miami graduates. AP File 2010

Will he sing his commencement address?

You may have to be graduating Friday at the University of Miami to find out.

With graduation around the corner, the UM has announced that singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett will be among this year’s commencement speakers at one of the ceremonies Friday at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables.

The Margaritaville singer will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday when students from the schools of architecture, communication, education and human development, marine and atmospheric science, music, and nursing and health studies will cross the stage.

UM’s announcement teases that Buffett “may or may not sing his advice.”

While Buffett is most known for his music, he is also a best-selling author, philanthropist and businessman. He is involved in two restaurant chains named for his top songs Margaritaville and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

As a philanthropist, Buffett is also active with environmental causes, such as the Save the Manatees Club, which he co-founded in 1981. Last month, he performed at the Florida Capitol, to rally the cause of buying Everglades land from a sugar company for preservation.

Buffett has a degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he graduated from in 1969.

This year will be the last time UM President Donna Shalala participates in the commencement celebration as she officially steps down May 31. In addition to presiding over all six ceremonies, Shalala will also deliver two commencement addresses on Saturday for students in the School of Law and Miller School of Medicine.

M. Brian Blake, UM’s outgoing vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the Graduate School, will also give an address to graduate students at the first ceremony on Thursday.

Speakers at the other commencement ceremonies will include two distinguished alumni: University of Washington interim president Ana Marie Cause and UM trustee Carlos de la Cruz Sr. Cause will receive an honorary degree as a Doctor of Humane Letters.

More than 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students will be graduating in total over three days at the BankUnited Center on campus.

Florida International University

All ceremonies at the FIU Arena on the Modesto A. Maidique campus, 11200 SW Eighth St.

10 a.m. May 4: Schools of: Medicine; Public Health and Social Work; Nursing and Health Sciences

7:30 p.m. May 4: Schools of: Journalism and Mass Communication; Engineering and Computing

10 a.m. May 5: School of Environment, Arts and Society, School of International and Public Affairs (Masters and Ph.D)

3 p.m. May 5: School of International and Public Affairs (Undergraduate)

7:30 p.m. May 5: School of Integrated Science and Humanity

Broward College

3 p.m. May 5 at the BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy.

University of Miami

All ceremonies at the BankUnited Center, 1245 Dauer Dr.

4 p.m. May 7: Graduate degrees

8:30 a.m. May 8: College of Arts and Sciences and Continuing Studies

1 p.m. May 8: Schools of: Architecture, Communication, Education and Human Development, Marine and Atmospheric Science, Music, Nursing and Health Studies

5 p.m. May 8: Schools of: Business Administration, Engineering

10 a.m. May 9: School of Law

5 p.m. May 9: Miller School of Medicine

Nova Southeastern University

Both ceremonies at the The Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave.

10 a.m. May 8: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Institute for the Study of Human Service, Health and Justice

4 p.m. May 8: College of Healthcare Science, College of Nursing, Career Students

Barry University

Both ceremonies will be held at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave.

10 a.m. May 9: College of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Education, School of Social Work

2:30 p.m. May 9: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences, School of Professional and Career Education.

St. Thomas University

Both ceremonies at the school’s Fernandez Family Center, 16401 NW 37th Ave.

10 a.m. May 16: School of Law

2 p.m. May 16: Main campus ceremony

Johnson and Wales University

10 a.m. May 23 at the James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave.

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