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FSU to Celebrate Student Achievement at 144th Commencement Ceremony
05/08/2014

Frostburg State University will recognize and celebrate the achievements of its May 2014 graduating class at its 144th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 22, in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena.

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, FSU president, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Business and the College of Education will start at 9:30 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin at 2 p.m. Featured student speakers for the ceremony include Cady Kirkwood, College of Business; Adria Graham, College of Education; and Tori Suess, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Cady Kirkwood

Kirkwood, of Frostburg, will graduate with a major in business/entrepreneurship. In addition to being inducted into the elite business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma, and attending the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership, she has participated in the University Honors program, the National Society for Leadership and Success and has maintained a consistent presence on the Dean’s List. Kirkwood is a founding member of the College of Business Student Advisory Council, and she has also been a highly active member of the Student Pride Scholarship Committee and the FSU Student Alumni Ambassadors. The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club named her one of Allegany County’s Outstanding Business Students in 2014. Outside the classroom, Kirkwood has worked 30 hours per week as the training director and team leader at Chick-fil-A since July 2009. “FSU has provided me with opportunities beyond my expectations,” said Kirkwood. “I can honestly say I am proud of our University and thrilled to be a graduate of the College of Business.”

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Adria Graham

Graham, of Grantsville, will graduate with a major in athletic training. She is a Bobcat Ambassador and a member of the FSU Student Athlete Advisory Committee, women’s soccer team and athletic training club. During her time at FSU, Graham has demonstrated the ability to transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom to the clinic. In the classroom, Graham works with FSU athletes who sustain injuries and need proper care and treatment. As an athlete, Graham has been selected for numerous awards, including being named as the FSU Female Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012, as an Eastern Athletic Collegiate Conference Division II All-Star three times and as Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year for 2011 and 2012. Her all-time scoring marks include 15 assists and 29 game-winning goals for FSU. “Frostburg has instilled the preparation in us to enter any new stage of life,” said Graham. She plans to continue her education at a physician assistant program in Pittsburgh.

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Tori Suess

Suess, of Milton, Del., will graduate with a double major in English and psychology. While at FSU, Suess has participated as an undergraduate learning assistant for the General Psychology course, mentored Freshman Composition students and played field hockey for the Bobcats. Suess is an English tutor at FSU’s Tutoring Center, member of the President’s Leadership Circle and Student Athletic Advisory Committee representative and officer. Her volunteer work has included serving as a team captain for the 2013 Relay for Life and assisting with Special Olympics and at a local nursing home. In March 2014, Suess traveled to Uganda, spending two weeks teaching water purification techniques in remote villages. “Speaking at graduation allows me the opportunity to thank the attending family, friends and mentors for believing in me and my fellow peers,” said Suess. In the fall, Suess will pursue a degree in counseling psychology at Loyola University in Maryland.

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.

The ceremony will be streamed live online. Visit www.frostburg.edu 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.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/events/commencement.

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 www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. 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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