Frostburg State University Announces Spring 2021 Commencement Student Speakers

Apr 28, 2021 10:35 AM

Frostburg State University has selected its commencement speakers for the spring 2021 commencement ceremony. They are Julia Hershman for the College of Business, Shawn Winans for the College of Education and Jordan Beachy for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. While the formal, in-person ceremony has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a hybrid celebration featuring a “grad walk” on Friday, May 7, and a virtual Grad Week from Monday, May 10, to Friday, May 14, will occur.

Hershman, of Oakland, Md., is graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration and economics and concentrations in general management and business. A Dean’s List student, Hershman is actively involved in leadership roles on campus in a variety of organizations. She is president of the Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, a participant in the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She also served as a senator and member of the finance committee for the Student Government Association, public relations officer of the Debate Club and a member of the Economics Club. She worked as a student instructor for Developmental Mathematics and a student success mentor for FSU’s Introduction to Higher Education class. In the summer of 2019, Hershman studied at the Rennes School of Business in France. She plans to pursue her master’s.

Winans, of Columbia, Md., graduates with a bachelor’s in health and physical education. An active scholar-athlete, Winans was the 2019 recipient of the Maryland Outstanding Future Professional Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators. He has been a four-year member of the FSU men’s Lacrosse team and served as captain for three years. He was also the lacrosse representative to the Student Athlete Advisory Council. In addition, Winans acted as a Bobcat Ambassador, leading campus tours for prospective students and their families. He has experienced successful student-teaching placements in Maryland and West Virginia, presenting motor skills and movement to pre-k and tennis and fitness to middle school students. He was a volunteer for the AmeriCorps afterschool program, befriending and tutoring young people from low socio-economic backgrounds. Prior to attending FSU, Winans served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a motor transportation operator, where he managed and mentored a team of 15 marines in day-to-day operations.

Beachy, of Grantsville, Md., earns his bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Spanish. He is a graduate of Mountain View Christian School in Springs, Pa., where he served as valedictorian. At FSU, he is an active member of the Honors Program and president of the Cru Christian organization and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. He has been consistently on the Dean’s List and served on the Scholar’s Day Panel, representing the Honors Program and addressing questions of prospective FSU students. Beachy was a participant in the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership, selected for the President’s Leadership Council, a member of the SOAR to Success experiential leadership program and an AmeriCorps youth academic engagement mentor for the FSU Center for Literary Arts. He also held several campus jobs, including writing tutor and teaching assistant for the departments of Philosophy and English.

For more information about FSU’s spring commencement activities, visit the Commencement web site.