FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- International tennis superstar Venus Williams will be adding another accomplishment to her long list when she walks across the commencement stage on Thursday, December 13, to receive her associate's degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Williams, who has been attending the college since the fall of 1999, has been dedicated to finishing her studies in the midst of Grand Slam, US Open, and Wimbledon wins to receive this long sought after degree. "I love fashion and the idea that I am using my design education to actually create clothing and footwear that reflects my personality and energy both on and off the court," said Williams of her new line, EleVen (TM). Andre West, chair of the Fashion programs at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale said, "Venus has been a blessing to the department in so many ways, her drive and focus as we know is somewhere in the stratosphere. She has taken that same drive that she shows on the court all the way to the cutting table, sewing machine and computer. We will miss seeing her smiling face in the hallways, the faculty, staff and students have enjoyed having such a mellow unassuming superstar in our presence. We have all given her as much effort as we could to follow her other dream -- fashion -- and she has given everything and more back to us by her dedication and flair. Not only having great portfolio, but graduating college is a dream come true for Venus." To learn more about The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/fortlauderdale?prid=VW_1107_001_pr . Background The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, www.aifl.edu, established in 1968, is an applied arts college where' industry professionals teach design, technology, media arts, culinary arts, and fashion design. A variety of associate's and bachelor's degrees, as well as several diploma programs, are offered including Advertising, Animation Art & Design, Media Arts & Animation, Broadcasting, Culinary Arts, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Video Production, and Web Design & Interactive Media.
SOURCE The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale