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FSU Commencement Ceremonies Slated for Saturday, Dec. 21st

The 121st commencement ceremonies of Frostburg State University will be held Saturday, Dec. 21st, in the Harold J. Cordts Center Main Arena on the FSU campus.

Two exercises will be held during the day. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present degrees beginning at 10 a.m. and the College of Business and the College of Education ceremonies will start at 2 p.m. FSU President Catherine R. Gira will confer graduate and undergraduate degrees at both events.

The featured speaker this semester will be FSU alumna Dr. Barbara Roque. A registered nurse, attorney, dean of higher education and county commissioner, Roque received her Associate in Arts Degree in Arts and Sciences from Allegany College of Maryland before majoring in political science at FSU. She later earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Roque joined the staff at Allegany College of Maryland in 1988 as the dean of advancement, overseeing the college’s Foundation, marketing, media and alumni operations. In 1994, she obtained her current position at AC as dean of student development/legislative and legal assistant to the president. She has served as past president of the Cumberland Rotary, Cumberland Theatre, Allegany Health Right, Allegany County Commission for Women and the Cumberland Cultural Foundation. This past November, Roque was elected to a four-year term to serve as an Allegany County commissioner.

Student speakers at the winter commencement include Shannon Padeway, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Erin Shaffer, College of Education and Lauren Umbel, College of Business.

With a dual major of English and French, Padeway was an active member in the honor societies for both departments. In her English/literature studies, she presented papers at FSU’s English colloquium and published her essays in campus journals. She also worked as a staff writer for The Bottom Line, FSU’s student newspaper, and is a certified tutor at the campus Writing Center. As a foreign language student, Padeway served as president of both the French Club and the French Honor Society. In addition to her academic honors, she has received the Black Student Alliance Award for Excellence every semester since coming to Frostburg four years ago. Padeway is a resident of Sterling, Va.

A graduate of Allegany College of Maryland with a degree in business administration, accounting and economics, Lauren Umbel continued her business studies at FSU with a management concentration and a human resources focus. She received previous human resources experience when she worked as benefits coordinator at NeighborCare Pharmacy in Morgantown, W.Va. A member of the Pinnacle International Honor Society for non-traditional students, Lauren has performed with the FSU Chorale and Potomac State College choir. She is currently a resident of LaVale, Md.

Erin Shaffer will earn degrees in both recreation and parks management and business administration. A native of Oakland, Md., Shaffer is currently a seasonal park ranger at Potomac-Garrett state forest in Garrett County. In past semesters, she served as a research assistant for a business professor, preparing teaching tools for management courses. Shaffer is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma student honor society and the Society for the Advancement of Management, an award-winning student business organization. This year, she received the Outstanding Regional Student Award at a S.A.M. conference. An advocate for protecting parks for future generations, Shaffer hopes to pursue a career in the field of park service after graduation.

Presenting candidates for degrees will be Dr. Stephen Simpson, Provost; Dr. Susan Arisman, Dean of the College of Education; Dr. Connie Groer, Acting Dean of the College of Business; and Dr. Fred Yaffe, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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