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Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 19

Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 19
Mitchell Hall, Hannah Schott and Lydia Valenta
Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its May 2012 graduating class during the University’s 140th commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 19, in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena.

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, FSU president, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Business and the College of Education will start at 9:30 a.m. and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin at 2 p.m.

Mitchell Hall, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Hannah Schott, College of Business; and Lydia Valenta, College of Education, are the featured speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

Hall will graduate with a degree in ethnobotany and is the first in his household to attend college and receive a degree. He was selected for the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. He has participated in molecular biology research involving cloning, purifying and expressing proteins in microorganisms. Hall is the president of the Sierra Student Coalition and a member of Beta Beta Beta Biology Honors Society. He has been accepted into the FSU Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology Graduate Program. “One of the most incredible things about being an FSU student is my ability to get hands-on experience with projects that hold an immense amount of value and importance to me,” says Hall. “I was able to design and experiment to test if a modified tomato plant conferred resistance to phloem-feeding and chewing insects. I received a grant from the Open Science Network to present the results of my research at an international conference.”

Schott will graduate with a double major in international studies and economics and has earned a 4.0 grade point average. She spent a semester as an intern in the office of U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin through the Beall Institute for Public Affairs. Schott participated in FSU’s Shakespeare Festival, Beta Gamma Sigma Leadership Forum and the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership. She worked as a student assistant and as a tutor in the Department of Economics and took the lead in reviving the students’ Economics Club. “I have had so many wonderful experiences as a student at Frostburg State University, and my academic pursuits have prepared me for success in the professional world,” says Schott. “In particular, I have acquired a unique set of analytic and quantitative skills as an economics major that will set me apart from other graduating seniors. I will always be grateful for the lasting relationships I have formed with my fellow students and with the dedicated faculty of the FSU Economics Department.”

Valenta will graduate as an exercise and sport science major and biology minor and has earned a 4.0 grade point average. A resident of Frostburg, she was homeschooled prior to coming to FSU. As a student, she participated with the FSU cross country and track and field programs. Valenta did volunteer work in Chicuque, Mozambique, and Guangxi, China, as well as for many community organizations. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and is a lifetime member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society. She has been accepted into a doctoral program in physical therapy at Shenandoah University. “My education at Frostburg State University has given me the skills to better understand people as a health promoter and a physical therapist,” says Valenta. “Along with academic preparation, Frostburg has also contributed to social growth in my life. I have gained leadership experience and confidence through both coursework and experiences.”

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.

Commencement will be streamed live; to view the live streaming, visit on the day of commencement and click on the link for live streaming.

Tickets are required for admission to the spring commencement. For more information, visit the commencement website at or the Commencement Facebook event at

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