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Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 21

Frostburg State University Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 21
Student speakers, left to right, Emily Mills, Spencer Taylor and Megan Carr

Frostburg State University will recognize and celebrate the achievements of its May 2015 graduating class at its 146th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena.

Dr. Jonathan C. Gibralter, FSU president, will confer degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will start at 9:30 a.m., and the College of Business and the College of Education will begin at 2 p.m. Featured student speakers for the ceremony include Emily Mills, College of Business; Spencer Taylor, College of Education; and Megan Carr, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Mills will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Mills, who Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, dean of the College of Business, said “in every way represents the Department of Accounting and the College of Business as the ideal student,” has had a successful career at FSU. She is a member of the Honors Program, the Accounting Association and the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society. She has done accounting internships at businesses in Cumberland and Frederick, tutored students in business mathematics and received scholarships, including the PNC Presidential Merit Scholarship. She is also a volunteer, giving her time to the Western Maryland Food Bank, the “Women to Women” mentoring program and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Upon graduation, she will work as a staff accountant at Sarfino and Rhoades, a CPA firm.

Taylor will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. Taylor came to FSU at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown from Hagerstown Community College in the fall of 2013. During his college career here, he has been a Dean’s List student and a recipient of the Gibney Binkley and the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown scholarships. He has interned at elementary schools in Washington County. He was also the president of FSU at Hagerstown’s chapter of the Frostburg Student Education Association during the 2014-2015 school year, and he is an elected member of the Maryland State Education Association Student Advisory Council. Because of his experiences, “I know I have the knowledge and leadership to be an effective educator and positive role model in my students’ lives,” Taylor said.

Carr will graduate with a major in ethnobotony and minors in forestry, cultural anthropology and biology. She entered FSU in the fall of 2013 as a non-traditional transfer student with a simple goal: to complete her degree so she could find a job. However, her experiences at FSU “led me to re-examine that [goal], to expand on it and to see how far I could go,” she said. During her time at FSU, she has shone as an example of what a student can do with dedication and drive. She has earned scholarships from the Allegany Soil Conservation District, the International Society of Arboriculture and others; presented her research at national conferences; worked at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources; and much more. With a stellar undergraduate academic career behind her, she has been accepted into the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she will pursue her master’s in environmental science.

Provost Dr. William Childs; Dr. Clarence Golden, 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.

The ceremony will be streamed live online. Visit on the day of commencement for the link.

To join in the celebration on social media, share your best Commencement photos on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr by tagging them #instaFrostburg, and tweet out your congratulations and photos using the hashtag #FrostburgGRAD.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. For more information, visit

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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