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Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, May 27

The 128th commencement ceremonies at Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, May 27, in the Harold J. Cordts Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Dr. Catherine Gira, FSU president, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises. 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 will present degrees beginning at 2 p.m. This event marks the last FSU commencement for Gira who is retiring on June 30, following 15 years of service at Frostburg.

Student speakers at the spring commencement are James “Robbie” Jenkins, College of Business; Jarett Iliff, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Kelly True, College of Education.

Jenkins will earn degrees in both economics and political science. A native of Keyser, W.Va., Jenkins is a member of both Omicron Delta Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma, the economics and political science honor societies respectively. Active in the College of Business, Jenkins has served on the Curriculum Committee and the Student Advisory Council and received the College of Business Achievement Award for two consecutive years. Jenkins also participated in a workshop sponsored by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics. He has been accepted to West Virginia University, where he intends to pursue a doctorate in economics.

Iliff is graduating with degrees in both Spanish and international studies and is receiving a minor in economics. A resident of LaVale, Iliff is a member of the Spanish Honor Society at FSU. Her studies have taken her to Ecuador and Peru, where she taught English to school children. Locally, Iliff served as vice president of the FSU International Relations Club and participated in the University of Pennsylvania’s Model United Nations Conference and Model Organization of American States. An active member of the community, Iliff taught Spanish in an after-school program and volunteered for V-Day, a national campaign to end violence against women. She has appeared in several University Theatre productions, including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Snow White” and the “Vagina Monologues.” Her career goal is to be an officer in the Foreign Service for the U.S. Department of State.

True will graduate with a degree in early childhood/elementary education. A native of Warfordsburg, Pa., True was a member of the Maryland Student Education Association, where she serves as historian. In addition to her academic achievements, she is also an accomplished athlete, playing on the FSU basketball team as a guard. She was named ESPN Academic All-American and AMCC Academic All-American. True will be seeking a teaching position in the Western Maryland region following graduation.

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

Tickets are required for admission to the spring commencement. For more information, visit FSU online at

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