Winter Park, FL (March 30, 3009)–Full Sail University recently turned 30 and has a slew of festivities planned for the coming year to honor the occasion.
The plans kick off April 20, 2009 with a series of on-campus events, including the unveiling of the Full Sail University Hall of Fame and an inaugural induction ceremony with six selected Full Sail graduates.
Originated as a Recording Arts program, Full Sail was first advertised in the January 1979 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Over the last three decades, Full Sail has since grown into a Master, Bachelor and Associate degree-granting university offering 20 degree programs, and has graduated over 31,000 alumni.
Currently, Full Sail’s 190-acre campus and online education platform serves over 6,500 students from 50 states and 65 countries. Full Sail has also become the largest employer in Winter Park, FL, with over 1,400 full-time equivalent employees. Full Sail’s economic impact includes an additional 2200 indirect jobs and over a five year period, a projected impact of $2.7 billion dollars to the Central Florida region.
The Hall of Fame, which will be located at the center of Full Sail’s campus in Winter Park, FL, will feature a 60-foot mixed media wall featuring video, sound, pictures, and industry credits of chosen graduates. In addition, the site will include artifacts and memorabilia of Hall of Fame inductees.
“I have been privileged to be a part of Full Sail from the time of its inception until today,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “The vision of this institution has always been to provide world-class education to students who aspire for careers in the entertainment and media industry. As I look back on all this university has become, I eagerly look forward to the next 30 years.”