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Mayor John Marks Will Deliver Keynote Address for the Summer Commencement

July 27, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.
– The Honorable John Marks, III, Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, will serve as the keynote speaker for Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) 2010 summer commencement.  The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, August 6 in the Alfred Lawson, Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. 

Graduates are to arrive at the assembly area, Bragg Stadium, at 4:30 p.m.; the line of march will commence at 5:30 p.m. from Bragg Stadium and the doors to the Lawson Center will open at 5 p.m.
   
Marks practices law with his son at Marks and Marks, LLC.  The firm focuses its practice on utility regulation, telecommunications and Internet law.
   
Marks was elected in 2003 to a four-year term as mayor and re-elected in 2006. His board affiliations include the Fringe Benefits Management Company, a privately held financial services company, the Florida League of Cities Municipal Investment Trust, the Tallahassee Economic Development Council, the Alliance for Digital Equality, the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center Authority, the Sunshine State Governmental Financing Commission and the Economic Club of Florida.

He serves on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is vice chairman for Communications of the U.S.C.M. Transportation and Communications Committee. In addition, Marks served as the president of the Florida League of Mayors from 2005 to 2007 and currently serves as president of the Florida League of Cities for the 2009-2010 term. 
   
Marks received his bachelor’s degree in 1969 from the Florida State University (FSU) School of Business and his juris doctor degree in 1972 from the FSU College of Law.

He is married to Jane Awkard Marks, a psychotherapist, and has one son, John, IV.

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