MIAMI- Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is proud to announce that Florida International University President Mark B. Rosenberg will be the commencement speaker at the James L. Knight Center on Wednesday, May 23 at 4:00 p.m.
“We are deeply honored that Dr. Rosenberg accepted our invitation to be part of this important milestone in the life of these young men,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, Ed.D. ‘87, President of Belen Jesuit. “He and I share a similar experience as he is the first FIU faculty member to ascend to the university’s presidency and I am the first graduate of Belen in Miami to become president. More importantly, since our schools are practically neighbors, we’ve seen the growth of the university under Dr. Rosenberg’s leadership. In fact, FIU has increased enrollment to almost 56,000 students, improved graduation rates by nearly 13% and hired over 500 new faculty since he took over as president in 2009. I am sure he will leave a profound and lasting message to the 233 students that make up the Class of 2018 and to the whole Belen community.”
The James L. Knight Center is located at 400 SE Second Ave in Miami, 33131.
Mark B. Rosenberg is the fifth president of Florida International University and former Chancellor of the State University System of Florida. He is an author, editor, and co-editor of seven books and numerous scholarly articles on Latin America.
Dr. Rosenberg earned a B.A. in 1971 from Miami University of Ohio and a Ph.D. in Political Science with a graduate certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. Governmental and media organizations have frequently sought Dr. Rosenberg’s expertise on Latin America. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has testified before Congress numerous times, and has served as a consultant to the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Dr. Rosenberg is a first-generation college graduate whose two children, Ben and Ginelle, are both graduates of FIU. He and his wife of over 40 years, Rosalie, are members of Temple Menorah in Miami Beach.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.