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Florida’s newest university opens near Lakeland

Published:   |   Updated: August 16, 2014 at 05:31 PM

Florida Polytechnic University launched with a bang on Saturday, a pyrotechnics display highlighting the iconic Innovation, Science and Technology Building as dignitaries and the general public enjoyed the grand opening of the state’s 12th public university.

Poly leadership was joined by Gov. Rick Scott; renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the IST building; former state Sen. JD Alexander, who muscled the bill creating the school through the state Legislature; and others.

The inaugural class of 500 students starts Aug. 25, a little more than two years after Alexander’s legislation turned a cow pasture at Interstate 4 and the eastern Polk Parkway into the state’s first center for science, technology, engineering and math.

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