Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the
achievements of its May 2009 graduating class during the University’s
134th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16, in the Harold J.
Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena on the FSU campus.
Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, FSU president, will confer degrees on
graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the College
of Business and the College of Education will present degrees
beginning at 2 p.m.
Jonathan Hall, College of Business; Mindy Witt, College of
Education; and Sumer Rohrs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are
the featured student speakers for the spring commencement exercises.
Academic success, work experience and extracurricular activities
all add up to good business for Jonathan Hall. A native of Middletown,
Md., Hall has spent his time at FSU excelling in his classes and earning
recognition as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors
Society and the Society for Advancement of Management. He made the
dean’s list on numerous occasions, and was named an Academic
Excellence Scholar. Additionally, his career-building internship at
Target complements his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with concentration in general management and a minor in marketing. As one of his
professors noted, Hall “is truly a leader who works well with others and has a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. He will do whatever it takes to get the job done.”
Cumberland, Md., native Mindy Witt has spent her time at Frostburg State University learning everything she can about how to become a great teacher. Her activities and involvement have included serving as a teacher intern at several area elementary schools,
volunteering with FSU’s Children’s Literature Festival and Read Across
America, traveling to China to study Chinese culture and classroom
practices and teaching kids pedestrian and bicycle safety skills — all
while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Witt is also a member of the Maryland
Students of Education Association.
Additionally, she has worked
tirelessly to familiarize herself with the needs of the school systems by
working as a para-professional and a secretary with the Board of
Education-Special Education Department in Allegany County. Her
professional development training in working with autistic and other
special needs children has given her a strong background in special
education. Witt graduates with a bachelor’s degree in early
childhood/elementary education. “I feel well prepared to enter the
workforce as a highly knowledgeable teacher,” she says.
Ocala, Fla., native Sumer Rohrs has pursued her success at FSU in
leaps and bounds. She is not only a three-time national champion in
track, but she is also a well-respected scholar in the Department of
Psychology. In and around her many triumphs as a student-athlete,
she has found time to assist the Psychology Department with a major
course redesign of FSU’s General Psychology class and to participate in
a major National Science Foundation-funded research project and in
FSU’s Psychology Club, all while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. Additionally,
Rohrs has rounded out her coursework by getting out into the
community, speaking to local high schools about strategies for
managing peer pressure associated with drug use. She has never lost
sight of her long-term goal of finishing a degree in psychology and a
minor in coaching at FSU, and leaves the University a champion on all
accounts — both on the track and in the classroom.
Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, dean of the College
of Education; Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, interim 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
Tickets are required for admission to the spring commencement. For
more information, visit the commencement Web site at
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activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request
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