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Frostburg State University’s 134th Commencement Ceremonies Slated for May 16

Frostburg State University will celebrate and recognize the achievements of its May 2009 graduating class during the University’s 134th commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 16, 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 Liberal Arts and Sciences ceremony will start at 10 a.m. and the College of Business and the College of Education will present degrees beginning at 2 p.m.

Jonathan Hall, College of Business; Mindy Witt, College of Education; and Sumer Rohrs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, are the featured student speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

Academic success, work experience and extracurricular activities all add up to good business for Jonathan Hall. A native of Middletown, Md., Hall has spent his time at FSU excelling in his classes and earning recognition as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honors Society and the Society for Advancement of Management. He made the dean’s list on numerous occasions, and was named an Academic Excellence Scholar. Additionally, his career-building internship at Target complements his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with concentration in general management and a minor in marketing. As one of his professors noted, Hall “is truly a leader who works well with others and has a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. He will do whatever it takes to get the job done.”

Cumberland, Md., native Mindy Witt has spent her time at Frostburg State University learning everything she can about how to become a great teacher. Her activities and involvement have included serving as a teacher intern at several area elementary schools, volunteering with FSU’s Children’s Literature Festival and Read Across America, traveling to China to study Chinese culture and classroom practices and teaching kids pedestrian and bicycle safety skills — all while maintaining a 3.9 GPA. Witt is also a member of the Maryland Students of Education Association.

Additionally, she has worked tirelessly to familiarize herself with the needs of the school systems by working as a para-professional and a secretary with the Board of Education-Special Education Department in Allegany County. Her professional development training in working with autistic and other special needs children has given her a strong background in special education. Witt graduates with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education. “I feel well prepared to enter the workforce as a highly knowledgeable teacher,” she says.

Ocala, Fla., native Sumer Rohrs has pursued her success at FSU in leaps and bounds. She is not only a three-time national champion in track, but she is also a well-respected scholar in the Department of Psychology. In and around her many triumphs as a student-athlete, she has found time to assist the Psychology Department with a major course redesign of FSU’s General Psychology class and to participate in a major National Science Foundation-funded research project and in FSU’s Psychology Club, all while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. Additionally, Rohrs has rounded out her coursework by getting out into the community, speaking to local high schools about strategies for managing peer pressure associated with drug use. She has never lost sight of her long-term goal of finishing a degree in psychology and a minor in coaching at FSU, and leaves the University a champion on all accounts — both on the track and in the classroom.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; Dr. Ken Witmer, dean of the College of Education; Dr. Ahmad Tootoonchi, interim 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

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