Outstanding Graduates

Each commencement ceremony, FIU honors select individuals for their extraordinary academic, professional, and personal achievements as they graduate from FIU. The Outstanding Graduate honor is bestowed upon students in good standing who have unique accomplishments that show excellence, perseverance, and impact. These graduates must show unparalleled tenacity, talent, and commitment, as well as exceptional performance in and outside the classroom. By telling the Outstanding Graduates’ stories, we celebrate the collective success of our students and the university.

Fall 2023 Outstanding Graduates

  • Amanda Di Perna

    Amanda Di Perna
    Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
    Honors College, College of Arts, Sciences and Education

  • Brent Pendergast

    Brent Pendergast
    Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nurse Anesthesiology
    Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences

  • Claudia Montalvo

    Claudia Montalvo
    Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
    College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts

  • Geoffrey Whitley

    Geoffrey Whitley
    Master of Science in Hospitality & Tourism Management
    Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management

  •  Juan Yepes

    Juan Yepes
    MBA in Sports Management
    College of Business, Chapman Graduate School of Business

  • Julian Ramelow

    Julian Ramelow
    Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • Matty Sey

    Matty Sey
    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    College of Engineering and Computing

  • Preciosa Martinez-Motta

    Preciosa Martinez-Motta
    Ph.D. in Dietetics and Nutrition
    Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

  • Vanessa Gilbert

    Vanessa Gilbert
    Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies
    Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs