FEMA administrator Fugate speaking at Santa Fe commencement


In this file photo, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

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Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

Santa Fe College has announced that Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a former Santa Fe student, will be the guest speaker for the college's commencement Friday.

Fugate, who was born in Jacksonville and raised in Alachua County, began his emergency management career as a volunteer firefighter in Alachua before becoming a paramedic and firefighter with the county. He eventually became the county's emergency management director before taking over the state position. In May 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him administrator of FEMA.

About 1,300 students have applied to graduate, Santa Fe said in a news release, with 700 expected to participate in Friday's ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. in the northwest campus gymnasium.

Bagpiper Benjamin A Pugh will perform Friday night, along with the Gainesville Brass Quintet and the Santa Fe Singers.

For more information, visit sfcollege.edu/records/?section=commencement.

- Staff report

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