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Frostburg State University 136th Commencement Slated For May 22

Frostburg State University 136th Commencement Slated For May 22
From left to right, Hannah Byler, Lauren Garrity and David Valenta
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its May 2010 graduating class during the University’s 136th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 22, 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 ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present degrees beginning at 2 p.m.

Lauren Garrity, College of Business; Hannah Byler College of Education; and David Valenta, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are the featured student speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

Garrity, of Lusby, Md., will graduate as an accounting major with a minor in business administration. At FSU, Lauren appeared on the Dean’s List each semester. She has accumulated a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society. As an intern of Accurate Bookkeeping Inc., she excelled in payroll preparation, financial transaction entry and reconciliation and physical inventory and stocking. She is admired by her professors for her ability to focus as well as her leadership and confidence. Garrity has accepted a position with the Department of Defense Naval Acquisition Intern Program and plans to continue her studies toward an MBA degree.

Byler, of Grantsville, Md., will graduate as an elementary education major. At Frostburg State University, Byler has excelled in and out of the classroom. As a recipient of the Perry Smith Jr. Scholarship and the Commissioners Scholarship award, she is ranked at the top of her class with a 3.93 GPA. Byler has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the International Reading Association, Garrett County Reading Council and Maryland Student Education Association and has appeared on the Dean’s List at FSU and Garrett College. Her love of learning and children has influenced her life in many ways. Through internships, summer camps and tutorial settings, Hannah strives to find strategies that work best for each child. Her love for learning, and in particular, a love for children’s literature, has permeated her life. By participating in the State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference and the annual Spring Festival of Children’s Literature at FSU, she is continuously seeking knowledge. She is extremely dedicated, professional and reflective in her attempt to actively involve her students in engaging and challenging activities.

Valenta, of Frostburg, will graduate with a major in biology and a concentration in biotechnology. A native of Western Maryland, Valenta grew up around the outdoors, musical instruments and hundreds of family books. Having been home-schooled throughout his education, he had never been in a regular classroom before enrolling at Frostburg State University. Valenta started as a freshman at the age of 16, yet his advanced maturity led him to many leadership positions on campus. He served as treasurer of SGA and the Student Health Advisory Committee, president and vice president of the Beta Beta Beta Biology Honor Society and chair of the Homecoming Committee. He is member of the FSU Honors Program and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society and participated in the Sloop Leadership Institute and the Dean’s Colloquium. He has also performed research with the goal of making tomato plants more resistant to insects. Upon graduation, Valenta intends to further his education at the University of Maryland-Baltimore Dental School, with the goal of becoming an oral surgeon and returning to Western Maryland to practice.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, 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.

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

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. -end-

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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