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FSU to Celebrate Student Achievement With 143rd Commencement Ceremony

FROSTBURG, Md. - Frostburg State University will recognize and celebrate the achievements of its December 2013 graduating class during its 143rd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 2 p.m. 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 from the colleges of Business, Education and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Featured student speakers for the winter commencement are Samantha Ebersole, College of Business; Kathryn A. Molander, College of Education; and Richard G. Eby, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Samantha EbersoleEbersole of Hagerstown, Md., will graduate with a major in business administration and a concentration in small business/entrepreneurship. During her enrollment at FSU, she has displayed leadership skills, initiatives and strong-team orientation in course-related work as well as extracurricular activities. She has consistently placed on the Dean’s List, served on the leadership team of the Marketing Club and College of Business Student Advisory Council and has been inducted into the International Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma. Last year, she took the opportunity to study in China where she gained valuable experiences and perspective. “Leaving high school I never could have imagined that I would study abroad in China, become an active member of a campus organization and be accepted into a prestigious business fraternity,” said Ebersole. Ebersole also completed an internship program at a Hilton Hotel where her immediate supervisor described her as being a great team player, respectful and responsible. Reflecting back on her time as an FSU student, Ebersole said, “I truly believe that Frostburg encompasses the slogan, ‘One University, A World of Experiences’ and has endless opportunities for each student who attends.” She credits her success to the support of her family.

Kathryn MolanderMolander of Myersville, Md., will graduate with a major in elementary and middle education with a language arts specialization. As a teacher candidate, she has demonstrated a high level of knowledge, skills and disposition toward her future as an elementary or middle school educator. She consistently goes above and beyond in meeting the expectations for her coursework and her field experiences. During the fall 2012 semester, Molander completed an assistantship in second grade, where she was recognized as an outstanding colleague and dedicated teacher to her students. Whether speaking of her life outside the classroom, her membership in the Frostburg Student Education Association or her academic course work, faculty members have noticed her organized, conscientious and dedicated nature. “Since arriving at Frostburg, I have placed my education at the top of my priority list, and it feels wonderful to be recognized,” said Molander. Thinking back on everything she has learned at FSU, Molander said, “I feel so confident with the education I have received at Frostburg State University, and I am very proud to soon be an FSU Elementary graduate.”

Richard EbyEby of Clearville, Pa., entered FSU after completing only nine grades of formal education at a parochial Mennonite school. Since arriving at FSU, Eby has remained at the top of his classes, logged volunteer time at a local hospital and maintained part-time employment at his father’s dairy farm and his brothers’ saw mill, all while pursuing a biology major. In the fall of 2011, he spent several months in East Africa to aid in famine relief efforts. As he graduates from FSU, Eby is preparing to enter medical school. He scored in the 90th percentile on the Medical School Admission Test, interviewing at some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. He has already been accepted at Temple University School of Medicine and Commonwealth Medical College. Prepared with an FSU education and the discipline he has developed from his Mennonite upbringing and culture, Eby said, “Work ethic coupled with my Frostburg State education and unique life experiences gives me the opportunity to represent the potential that Frostburg State offers to prospective students from very diverse backgrounds.”

Interim 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.

Tickets are required for admission to the winter commencement. The ceremony will also be streamed live online. Visit on the day of commencement for the link. 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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