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Updated: 08/20/2014 08:00:01AM

‘Gift to the world’

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PHOTOS BY AL AND CATHY PALMER

Florida Polytechnic University President Randy Avent, the university's COO Ava Parker, who led it's construction and formation, University Provost Ghazi Darkazalli and former university trustees chairman Rob Gidel drop the lever that officially launched the new university on Saturday.

PHOTOS BY AL AND CATHY PALMER

Crowds filled the walkways that encircle the new Innovation, Science and Technology Center at Florida Polytechnic University on Saturday after the doors were officially opened following Launch ceremonies.

PHOTOS BY AL AND CATHY PALMER

Adam Putnam, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, offered brief remarks at Saturday's Launch of Florida Polytechnic University in northeast Polk County.

By CATHY PALMER

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Fireworks, purple sails, politicians and educators all were headliners at Saturday’s launch of Florida’s 12th university — Florida Polytechnic — located in north Polk County.

Amon those attending the ‘Launch’ were Gov. Rick Scott, Commissioner of Agriculture (and Bartow’s favorite son) Adam Putnam, State Rep. Seth McKeel, former state legislator and Florida Poly founding father, JD Alexander, architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the signature Innovation Science and Technology Center, which is the university’s iconic signature building and FPU president Randy K. Avent.

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