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FSU to Present Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards at 136th Commencement

FSU to Present Distinguished Alumni Achievement Awards at 136th Commencement
Barbara R. Graves and Kenneth A. Oldham
Frostburg State University will present the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award to Barbara R. Graves and Kenneth A. Oldham Jr. at the 136th commencement ceremony slated for May 22.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony, FSU will honor Graves. For over 40 years, Graves’ willingness to find new ways to engage her students in the learning process led to respect from her peers and success from her students. Earning her bachelor’s degree in 1966 from Frostburg, she started her career teaching high school social studies, then moved into supervision and curriculum development, first in Prince George’s County, and then in Charles County. As a teacher, Graves “challenged the students academically in the classroom, as she opened her heart in the most gracious way to share their joys and sorrows,” says a fellow alum. Even in retirement, she continues to work for her profession, creating and leading the Teacher Colleague Program in Charles County, a mentoring program for new teachers. She lives in LaPlata, Md., with her husband, Bill, a 1965 Frostburg graduate.

Oldham will be honored at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Oldham has served as the president of the National Philharmonic since July 2005. In less than five years, Oldham’s creation and implementation of business strategies have transformed the Philharmonic from a small $350,000 community orchestra and chorale into a $2 million regional powerhouse performing at the world-class Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda, Md. A 1998 graduate of Frostburg State University, Oldham has been a member of the FSU Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2007. He sits on the Steering Committee of Staking Our Claim: The Campaign for Frostburg and is a member of FSU’s Old Main Society. He is the chair of the Community Arts Grants Committee at the Frederick Arts Council and is a 2008 graduate and current member of Leadership Montgomery. Oldham, his wife, Leilani, and their son, Landon, reside in Frederick, Md.

Graves and Oldham were originally scheduled to receive their awards at the December commencement, which was postponed by snow.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. For information about the ceremonies, visit the commencement Web site at

For more information about the honors, contact the FSU Office of University Advancement at 301-687-4161.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 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.

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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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
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