Frostburg State University to Celebrate Student Achievement at 145th Commencement

Dec. 8, 2014
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Frostburg State University to Celebrate Student Achievement at 145th Commencement

Frostburg State University celebrates the achievements of the fall 2014 graduating class with the 145th Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 20. The ceremony for the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place at 2 p.m. in the Main Arena of the Cordts Physical Education Center.

FSU President Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter will address the graduating class and confer degrees. Featured commencement student speakers will be Miranda Allison, College of Business; Kendyl Hassler, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Steve Carter, College of Education. Greetings and congratulations will be offered from University System of Maryland Regent Tom Slater and USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan, attending one of his final commencement ceremonies before his retirement next year.

Miranda AllisonAllison will graduate with a major in business administration, concentrating in marketing, and a minor in management. "I truly have a passion for the University, the college and my program (marketing)," she says. A true leader, she has served as co-president of the Marketing Club and participated in the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership. She earned the position as supervisor of the FSU Phonathon after having raised nearly $25,000 in two consecutive semesters. She completed two internship programs at Union Privilege in Washington, D.C., as a digital market specialist and worked on the FSU Social Marketing Team. She has been inducted into the prestigious international honors business fraternity Beta Gamma Sigma. College of Business faculty members describe her as someone "who doesn't settle and makes the most of every opportunity afforded to her."

Kendyl HasslerHassler will graduate with a double major in wildlife and fisheries and interpretive biology and natural history. She served as the president of the biological honor society, tri-Beta, which she found to be a significant growth experience. She is a three-time recipient of the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Scholarship and received the Bedford County District Scholarship. For her first internship, she traveled to South Africa to the Gitta-Martula Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. This summer, she traveled to Yellowstone to study the river otter's role in the ecosystem. "The Department of Biology is most impressed with not only her academic achievements, but also her service to the University," said Dr. David Puthoff.

Steve CarterCarter will graduate with a bachelor's in recreation and parks management, a degree he completed while serving as the Foundation director for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, after a nearly 20-year career in the field. He previously served as division chief for the same organization, managing a $25 million annual budget and supervising more than a thousand employees. He was also a professional baseball player, playing with five Major League Baseball organizations and in Venezuela, Mexico and Italy; he made it to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Noting the sacrifices his family has made to allow him to complete his degree, he said that the "support from my wife and family, not to mention Dr. (Maureen) Dougherty and Dr. (Robert) Kauffman, has been remarkable." He is happy that his twin sons and adult daughter will know that their father kept working toward a goal, even at the age of 50.

Provost Dr. William Childs; Dr. Clarence Golden, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will present candidates for degrees during commencement.

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The ceremony will be streamed live online. Visit on the day of commencement for the link. To join in the celebration on social media, share your best Commencement photos on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr by tagging them #instaFrostburg, and tweet out your congratulations and photos using the hashtag #FrostburgGRAD.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.


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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

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