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List of famous alumni from Florida International University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Florida International University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Florida International University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Florida International University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Florida International University.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Andy García and Dennis Lehane.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Florida International University?” and “Which celebrities are Florida International University alumni?”

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Andy García is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Andy García Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Andrés Arturo García Menéndez, professionally known as Andy Garcia, is a Cuban-American actor and director. He became known in the late 1980s and 1990s, having appeared in ...more

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Syesha Mercado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Syesha Mercado Songwriter, Model, Actor Syesha Raquel Mercado is an American singer, songwriter, actress and model. Mercado was the third place finalist on the seventh season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, Mercado was on The One: ...more

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Politician, Teacher Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is the U.S. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district, and served as Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2011-2013. In 1989, Ros-Lehtinen ...more

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Raja Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Raja Bell Basketball player Raja Bell is an American retired professional basketball player who last played for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. He was twice named to the NBA All-Defensive Team in his ...more

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Dennis Lehane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Dennis Lehane Television producer, Novelist, Screenwriter Dennis Lehane is an American author. He has written several novels; the first several were a series of mysteries featuring a couple of protagonists and other recurring characters, including A ...more

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Michael Chiarello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Michael Chiarello Screenwriter, Presenter, Chef Michael Chiarello is an American celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine. He hosts the cooking show, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, on the Food Network ...more

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Raul L. Martinez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Raul L. Martinez Politician, Media consultant, Public Relations Consultant Raúl L. Martínez is a former mayor of Hialeah, Florida, United States. He is a Democrat and was mayor for 24 years, first elected in 1981 and was the Democratic congressional ...more

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Stephanie A. Burns is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Stephanie A. Burns Chemist Dr. Stephanie Burns is the Chairman, President and CEO of Dow Corning, a global leader in silicone based technology. Dr. Burns is a chemist that joined the company as a researcher in 1983. She ...more

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Mayra Verónica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Mayra Verónica Model, Singer Mayra Verónica is an American model and singer most famous for appearances on Spanish-language television. Verónica's role on Univision's Don Francisco Presenta brought her to the ...more

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Elsa Murano is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Elsa Murano Elsa Alina Murano was the 23rd President of Texas A&M University. On June 14, 2009, Murano resigned as president of the university, effective June 15, 2009. Prior to being elected president ...more

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Sherman Bergman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Sherman Bergman Stunt Performer, Actor, Martial artist Sherman "Big Train" Bergman is a retired kick-boxer from Florida who was a promising prospect in the 1980s; noted for his knockout punch. Bergman had the unique experience of competing ...more

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Edison F. Peres is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Edison F. Peres Businessperson Edison Peres is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Channels Go-to-Market at Cisco Systems. His focus includes developing highly recognized go-to-market strategies, policies, programs and training ...more

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Jose M. Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
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Brian M. Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Brian M. Sturgeon Certified Public Accountant Brian M. Sturgeon has been named a vice president of Sysco corporation where he will also continue as president and chief operating officer at FreshPoint, Inc., SYSCO's wholly owned specialty ...more

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Antwan Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Antwan Barnes American football player Antwan Edward Barnes is an American football outside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Danny Pino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Danny Pino Actor Daniel Gonzalo "Danny" Pino is an American actor currently starring as Detective Nick Amaro in the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2002, he ...more

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Billy Lane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Billy Lane William David "Billy" Lane is widely known as a builder of custom motorcycles, owner of Choppers Inc. in Melbourne, Florida, and for his 2009 conviction and imprisonment in Florida for ...more

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Mike Lowell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Mike Lowell Baseball player Michael Averett Lowell is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball third baseman in Major League Baseball. During a 13-year career, Lowell played for the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, ...more

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Jackie Nespral is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Jackie Nespral Journalist Jackie Nespral is an American television anchor for WTVJ-TV, the NBC owned and operated station in Miami.

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Shawn Riggans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Shawn Riggans Baseball player Shawn Willis Riggans is a former professional baseball catcher.

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Allie DiMeco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Allie DiMeco Actor Alexandra Jean Theresa "Allie" DiMeco is an American actress and multi-instrumentalist primarily known for playing the role of Nat Wolff's main love interest Rosalina in the musical ...more

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Manny Díaz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Manny Díaz Politician Manuel "Manny" Alberto Díaz is a Cuban American politician who served as the mayor of Miami, Florida from 2001–2009. Mayor Díaz and his mother, Elisa, left Cuba in 1961. ...more

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Cecilia Altonaga is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Cecilia Altonaga Judge Cecilia Maria Altonaga is a Florida United States district court judge. She is the first Cuban-American woman to be appointed as a federal judge in the United States.

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Nick Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Nick Turnbull American football player Nick Turnbull is a former professional gridiron football safety. He played college football for the FIU Golden Panthers

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Donald Baer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Donald Baer Psychologist Donald M. Baer was a psychologist who contributed to the applied behavior analysis movement and pioneered the development of behavior analysis at two separate institutions. Dr. Baer is best ...more

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Jack Guzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Jack Guzman Actor Jack Guzman is an actor, originally hailing from Barranquilla, Colombia. His most notable role to date is that of Danny Delgado, the Black Wild Force Power Ranger on Power Rangers Wild Force. He ...more

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Teresita Fernandez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Teresita Fernandez Sculptor, Installation Artist Teresita Fernández is an artist best known for her prominent public sculptures and unconventional use of materials. Fernández’s work is characterized by an interest in perception ...more

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Carlos Arroyo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Carlos Arroyo Basketball player Carlos Alberto Arroyo Bermúdez is a Puerto Rican professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cangrejeros de Santurce of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional. ...more

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Kirill Reznik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Kirill Reznik Kirill Reznik is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. He is one of three members of the Maryland House of Delegates from District 39. District 39 ...more

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Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Frank Martin Basketball Coach Francisco Jose Martin is an American basketball coach, and the current head coach for the University of South Carolina men's basketball team. Martin was previously head coach at Kansas State ...more

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Neil S. Plakcy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Neil S. Plakcy Writer Neil S. Plakcy is a U.S. writer whose works range from mystery to romance to anthologies and collections of gay erotica. He has twice been a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay ...more

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Robin Fraser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Robin Fraser Coach Robin Fraser is Jamaican-born American soccer coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for Toronto FC of Major League Soccer. Fraser played six seasons in the American ...more

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James F. O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
James F. O'Brien James F. O'Brien is a computer graphics researcher and professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2015 he received an award for ...more

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Pat Bradley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Pat Bradley Golfer Pat Bradley is an American professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won 31 tour events, including six major championships. Bradley is a member of the World Golf Hall ...more

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Paul C. McKain is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Paul C. McKain Paul C. McKain is an inventor, author, child-safety advocate, and now congressional candidate. A retired Florida firefighter, McKain is recognized for co-inventing a swimming pool system ...more

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Anitere Flores is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Anitere Flores Politician Anitere Flores is a Republican member of the Florida Senate, a body in which she represents the 38th District. Her district of almost 500,000 residents includes Kendall, Westchester, ...more

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Steve Ralston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Steve Ralston Steve Ralston is a retired American soccer player and a current assistant coach for the San Jose Earthquakes. At the time of his retirement, Ralston was Major League Soccer's all-time career ...more

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Tyrone Marshall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Tyrone Marshall Tyrone Everton Marshall is a retired Jamaican footballer and current coach.

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Steve Benen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Steve Benen Commentator, Television producer, Writer Steve Benen is an American political writer and blogger, an MSNBC contributor, and a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. From August 2008 to January 2012, Benen was the lead blogger for the ...more

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Jeanine Menze is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Jeanine Menze Jeanine McIntosh Menze is a United States Coast Guard officer. She holds the distinction of becoming the first African-American female in the U.S. Coast Guard to earn the Coast Guard Aviation ...more

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Chandler Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Chandler Williams American football player Chandler Williams, III was an American football wide receiver who last played as a member of the Tampa Bay Storm. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL ...more

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Pete Kott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Pete Kott Peter "Pete" Kott is a former Republican state representative for District 17 serving Eagle River, Alaska, in the Alaska Legislature for seven terms, from 1993 until 2007. He was ...more

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Wesley Carroll is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Wesley Carroll Wesley Mason Carroll is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Florida International University his junior and senior seasons, after transferring from Mississippi ...more

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Natalia Navarro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Natalia Navarro Natalia Navarro Galvis is a Colombian beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Señorita Colombia 2009 and placed in the Top 15 at Miss Universe 2010.

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Andrea Nagy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Andrea Nagy Andrea Nagy is a retired professional basketball player. After a stand-out career playing at Florida International University, Nagy was drafted into the ABL before finishing her career in the ...more

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María Brito is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
María Brito Artist María Brito is a Cuban-American artist specializing in painting, sculpture and installations. In 1961, Brito entered the United States by way of Operation Peter Pan. She lives in Florida. ...more

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David Rivera is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
David Rivera Politician David Mauricio Rivera was the U.S. Representative for Florida's 25th congressional district and is a member of the Republican Party. Formerly, he was a Florida state representative who served ...more

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Paul Mainieri is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Paul Mainieri Coach Paul Mainieri is the head coach of the LSU Tigers baseball team. Prior to that position he was the head coach of the Notre Dame baseball team from 1995–2006, the United States Air Force Academy ...more

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René García is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
René García Politician René García is a Republican member of the Florida State Senate, representing the 38th District, which is based in northeastern Miami-Dade County, since 2012.

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Richard Sternberg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
Richard Sternberg Richard Sternberg appeared in the 2008 documentary film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.