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129th FSU Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Sunday, Dec. 17

Frostburg State University will recognize its December 2006 graduating class during the University’s 129th commencement ceremonies Sunday, Dec. 17, 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 Business and the College of Education will present degrees beginning at 11 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony will start at 2 p.m.

Student speakers for the fall commencement will be Lori Yoder, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jesse A. Taylor, College of Business; and Adam Ritchie, College of Education. Clifford M. Kendall, chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, will offer congratulatory greetings at both events.

Lori Yoder, a native of Salisbury, Pa., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in English and a perfect 4.0 GPA. Yoder arrived at FSU four years older than many of her peers and from a Mennonite culture, and she leaves FSU as a confident thinker, writer and scholar driven by a self-described “fascination with the diverse cultures of the world.” Her past experiences include traveling to Mongolia and Belize and volunteering at a youth drop-in center in Pikangikum, a remote Ojibwe Reservation in Ontario. While attending FSU, she worked as a peer tutor at the FSU Writing Center and was a member of Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society and the FSU Honors Program. After graduation, Yoder hopes to continue exploring her interests in language arts and social sciences by working with youth at the Maryland Salem Children’s Trust and enrolling in graduate school.

Mentor educators and university supervisors praise Adam Ritchie for his leadership skills, exuberance, positive attitude and love of learning, qualities that highlight a bright future as a teacher. Ritchie, of Montgomery Village, Md., will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a specialization in math. Over the past few years, he has developed important professional credentials by working as a teacher intern and assistant for schoolchildren of all ages. He also participated in the FSU Senior Class Committee, the Maryland Student Education Association and the FSU Men’s Rugby Football Club. Ritchie plans to pursue employment as a teacher following graduation.

Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting is one of many accomplishments in Jesse Taylor’s life. Taylor, who currently resides in Piedmont, W.Va., has done everything from working with children as a teacher’s assistant in Hagerstown, Md., and completing over 1,700 volunteer hours with AmeriCorps to serving as a nuclear reactor operator with the U.S. Navy. A non-traditional student, Taylor continued to serve others upon arriving at FSU: he participated in the Collegiate Challenge with Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, Fla., and is an executive board member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society. In addition to employment in the accounting field, Taylor intends to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.

Clifford Kendall, former chairman and CEO of Computer Data Systems Inc., was recently elected to his fourth term as chairman of the University System Board of Regents. A resident of Montgomery County, Md., Kendall has been active in both the business and higher education communities. Among his many affiliations, he is a member and past chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of the High Technology Council of Maryland and has also served as a member of the board of the Maryland Economic Development Commission. Kendall devotes a great deal of his time and energy to higher education. In addition to his role with the USM Board of Regents, he is a former member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland, College Park, and a member of the Board of Trustees for George Washington University.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Stephen Simpson, provost; Dr. Ken Witmer, interim dean of the College of Education; Dr. Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business: and Dr. Joseph Hoffman, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In a change from most fall commencements, the ceremonies will be held on Sunday to avoid a conflict with the first day of Hanukkah, which is celebrated from sunset on Friday to sunset on Saturday, Dec. 16. The first ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. to allow families to attend early church services; the second ceremony will start at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit the commencement Web site at

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