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FSU Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, May 25th
05/07/2002

The 120th commencement ceremonies of Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, May 25th, in the Harold J. Cordts Center Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Two exercises will be held during the day. The College of Business and the College of Education will present degrees beginning at 10 a.m. and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. FSU President Catherine R. Gira will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at both events.

The featured speaker this semester will be Krista A. McGowan, FSU class of 1982. McGowan later received her Juris Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University in 1985. She is currently a principal with the law firm of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., in its Frederick office. Her practice focuses on zoning, land use and development and real estate transactions. She has extensive experience in all phases of zoning and land development for residential, commercial and industrial properties from annexation to permitting.

McGowan’s community involvement includes membership in many Frederick County organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission, Frederick County Builders’ Association and Shared Vision: Community Art for Public Transformation. She is also a member of the American, Maryland and Frederick County Bar Associations. At FSU, McGowan has been a member of the FSU Centennial Campaign Committee, a presenter for the Alumni Office’s Career Connections Program on Law & Order and a speaker at Career Day.

Student speakers at the spring commencement include Heather Abucevicz, College of Business; Casey Doggett, College of Education; and Justin VanFleet, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

A resident of Mt. Savage, Heather Abucevicz will graduate with a business economics degree and a double minor in mathematics and business. Abucevicz served as a member of the Math Honor Society and was a dean's list student. She currently works as an actuarial assistant with CBIZ Benefits and Insurance Services in Cumberland, where she aids in data collection/analysis and in the preparation of annual reports. She has also worked at the FSU Children’s Center as a child-care aide. In addition, Abucevicz is an accomplished athlete, excelling in several varsity sports, including volleyball, basketball and track. She also served as a camp counselor at the Western Maryland Volleyball Camp in Westminster.

Casey Doggett will earn an early childhood/elementary education degree. During her various internships, Doggett organized a classroom science fair for kindergarten, coordinated successful service learning projects within her school community and implemented a variety of performance-based activities. She developed technology application projects, participated in "Read Across America" celebrations and was involved in the service activities of the Maryland Student Education Association. Most recently, Doggett served as a student member of the FSU committee preparing the University’s accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). She is a native of Williamsport, Md.

Justin VanFleet of LaVale will graduate with a double major in International Studies (International Politics track) and Spanish. His continued interest in international human rights has led VanFleet to participate in the study abroad program in Argentina where he conducted interviews with families of victims suffering from human rights abuses. He performed an internship in the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., and is conducting research on protection mechanisms for indigenous knowledge in Latin American patent law. Locally, VanFleet volunteered as a Spanish instructor for first-grade students at Frost Elementary School. After graduation, he will attend The University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Stephen Simpson, Provost; Dr. Susan Arisman, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Connie Groer, Acting Dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Fred Yaffe, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

Web Address for More Information: http://www.frostburg.edu/events/commenc.htm

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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