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Frostburg State University 139th Commencement Slated For Dec. 20

Frostburg State University 139th Commencement Slated For Dec. 20
Daniel Goff, Jacob Hoover and Robert Ketterman
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its December 2011 graduating class during the University’s 139th commencement ceremonies Tuesday, Dec. 20, 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 from the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences during the single 11 a.m. ceremony.

Daniel Goff, College of Education; Jacob Hoover, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Robert Ketterman, College of Business, are the featured student speakers for the winter commencement exercises.

Goff will graduate with a major in recreation and parks management. Before coming to FSU, he graduated from Anne Arundel Community College in June 2009 with an associate degree in general studies. He has been vice president of the Recreation Society and was active in organizing the Major’s Fair presentations. Goff is a member in his major’s national honors program, Rho Phi Lambda, and, as an Eagle Scout, he received a Maryland Governor’s Citation and Maryland General Assembly Citation. In a competitive application process, he recently earned and completed an internship at the Coast Guard Station at Kodiak, Alaska, and is also certified as a Level III search and rescue technician. Goff holds a 3.579 overall grade point average. Dr. Robert Kauffman, one of Goff professors and chair of the Department of Recreation and Parks Management, says Goff “epitomizes a student who combines academic learning with service learning and practical hands-on learning by doing.”

Hoover will graduate as a history major with a certificate in international studies. From the time he graduated from high school in 1996, until the present, he explored many careers and fields of study. He started his higher education career in 1997 before deciding to get married and start a family. Hoover eventually enrolled in Frostburg as a non-traditional student. He has been on FSU’s Dean’s List since fall 2009 and now graduates with a 3.8 overall grade point average. He discovered a passion for Latin American history at FSU and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club. His strengths include original historical research and excellent communication skills, both written and oral; and despite the many obligations associated with raising his family, he has served as a tutor for struggling freshmen in History 100. He is admired by his professors for the way he demonstrates a sophisticated intellect in his ability to analyze and synthesize historical data.

Ketterman will graduate as an accounting major. He graduated from high school in 1988 and attended Frostburg State University that fall semester. He admits to not giving college the attention it deserved the first time around. Ketterman was working part-time for Kinney Shoe Corp. and had completed two phases of the management training program. When they offered him a full-time assistant manager position in Frederick, Md., he took advantage of the opportunity and moved the following week. Before deciding to come back to school, he had also worked as a contract manager and traffic coordinator for LM Services LCC in Cumberland for 10 years. Ketterman has since re-enrolled at FSU and currently boasts a 3.9 overall grade point average. Professor Sharon Robinson in FSU’s Accounting Department says Ketterman “acts in a professional manner, and in every way represents the College of Business as the ideal student.” Ketterman says “The education experience here has been amazing. I embraced every class and really put the time and effort into understanding the material. I am so happy to be so close to achieving this goal.”

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Clarence Golden, interim 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 winter commencement. For more information, visit the commencement website at

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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