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Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, Dec. 18

The 125th commencement ceremonies at Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Harold J. Cordts Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Dr. Catherine R. Gira, FSU president, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present degrees beginning at 10 a.m. and The College of Business and the College of Education ceremony will start at 2 p.m.

Student speakers at the winter commencement are Amanda D. Buskirk, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Rebekah A. Brunner, College of Business; and Martin (Marty) McFadden, College of Education.

A native of Lonaconing, Md., Buskirk took classes at FSU during her senior year of high school. Her goal was to eventually attend medical school. However, when her mother was diagnosed with a terminal and incurable illness, she decided to major in biotechnology to research medical mysteries. Buskirk has continued to excel in the classroom and the laboratory and was inducted into Tri Beta (biology honor society). This past summer, she received a competitive internship at the Windber Research Institute in Pennsylvania to focus on breast cancer research. Through her placement at Windber, Buskirk’s work will be published in scientific journals. Buskirk will attend graduate school and work towards a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

Brunner has juggled a full-credit course load, worked as an administrative assistant and commuted from Hagerstown to the Frostburg campus while pursuing her business administration/marketing degree from FSU. A graduate of Hagerstown Community College, Brunner was a member of the Honors Club and matriculated with high honors. In addition, Brunner is an avid volunteer, both at home and abroad. Her service has taken her from local rescue missions and churches to labor/missions work in Rwanda, Africa. She has secured a position as a marketing coordinator at her present employer, Skelly and Loy Inc., an engineering/environmental consulting firm in Hagerstown.

McFadden, a resident of Towson, graduates with a degree in recreation and parks from FSU’s collaborative program at The Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville. A non-traditional student, McFadden earned a degree in psychology from Salisbury University in 2002. This past summer, he completed an internship with the Baltimore City Recreation and Parks Division, where he organized events at both children’s and adults’ day camps. He is currently the site director of an after-school program for 50 school children, grades kindergarten through eight, at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore City. He is a member of the National Recreation and Parks Society, National Therapeutic Recreation Society and the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association, Therapeutic Branch.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Stephen Simpson, provost; Susan Arisman, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Danny Arnold, dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Joe Hoffman, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information about the FSU commencement, you can log on to the FSU Web site at

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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