Frostburg State University to Honor Maj. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II With Honorary Doctorate

May 6, 2022 9:00 AM

Frostburg State University will present Maj. Gen. Robert L. Edmonson II, a 1990 Frostburg graduate, with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at its 160th commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 19.

Edmonson was recently appointed as the 17th commander of the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and senior commander for Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, responsible for enabling the Army’s warfighting readiness by providing sustainable global command, control, communications, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, or C5ISR, and medical materiel support.

A native of Willingboro, N.J., Edmonson graduated from FSU with a business marketing degree. On campus, he played football, participated in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from FSU’s ROTC program. Edmonson went on to earn a Master of Science Administration in Information Resource Management and a Master of Science in National Security Strategy.

His list of command assignments includes A Company, 82nd Signal Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; 63rd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps; 35th Signal Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps; and service as the 38th chief of Signal/commandant of the Army Signal School. He has received numerous awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and Defense Meritorious Service Medals.

Within a week after graduating from FSU, Edmonson married Ellen, his wife of more than 30 years. The couple has two grown sons, Robert III and Alexander. The Edmonsons are dedicated members of the Frostburg family and continue to serve as advocates for FSU Bobcats worldwide.

Tickets are required to attend commencement. The ceremony will be streamed live, linked from the FSU website. For information, visit the Commencement web site.