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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Programmer, Consultant

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Brian M. Sturgeon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Florida International University Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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