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FSU Celebrates Seniors’ Achievements at 142nd Commencement Ceremonies

Frostburg State University celebrated and recognized the achievements of its May 2013 graduating class during the University’s 142nd commencement ceremonies on May 18 in the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center’s Main Arena.

Dr. Jonathan Gibralter, FSU president, conferred degrees on graduates during two exercises throughout the day. Lindsey Glotfelty, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Caleb Stair, College of Business; and Maney Gale, College of Education, were the featured speakers for the spring commencement exercises.

Glotfelty, of Finzel, graduated with a double major in psychology and biology and a minor in chemistry. She came to FSU to pursue her dream of entering the medical field and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. “Reflecting on these past four years, I have had my fair share of hardships, but always pushed past them. It’s important in life to be able to overcome obstacles and push forward toward a goal,” said Glotfelty. During her time at FSU, Glotfelty served as an active member of the Pre-Professional Medical Society and the Wildlife Society. She was also active with two local volunteer fire departments and a church where she helped with fundraising and charity events. In her future career, she hopes to blend her knowledge of pharmaceuticals and her understanding of psychological disorders to better serve those who struggle with health issues.

Stair, of Hyndman, Pa., graduated with a major in economics and a minor in mathematics. He served as a Bobcat Ambassador for several years and attained a 3.6 cumulative GPA and a 4.0 in his major. “I did not even consider any other universities. As a student, I have immersed myself in many aspects of Frostburg State University,” said Stair. He served as captain of the FSU swim team for two years and is well-liked and respected by his peers and teachers. During his time at FSU, Stair was an active member of the Economics Club; Beta Gamma Sigma, the Business Honors Society; vice president of the Water Polo Club; head swim instructor for Activities for Life; and a student aide in the Admissions Office.

Gale, of Accident, graduated as a recreation and parks management major with a 3.46 GPA. She was a non-traditional student who persevered to complete her degree program at FSU. She characterized herself as a full-time mom and student, with a full-time job. “As a non-traditional student who began at FSU over 10 years ago, I hope to serve as an example that it’s never too late to pursue your education and be a successful student while leading a jam-packed life as well,” said Gale. During her time as an FSU student, she served as a team leader for the Frostburg Halloween parade and party, East End Playground Assessment, Laser Tag Battle to Beat Cystic Fibrosis and the Evergreen Heritage Center Nature Center Design Project, and a member of the Jennings-Randolph Lake Visitor Survey Research Project. Gale is employed as the program coordinator for Continuing Education and Health, Wellness and Fitness in the new CARC building at Garrett College.

Provost Dr. Stephen Simpson; 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, presented candidates for degrees during commencement.

For more information, visit the commencement website at

To join in the celebration on social media, find photos and share your own at, tweet with the hashtag #FrostburgGRAD or post photos on Instagram with the tag #instaFrostburg.

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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