Frostburg graduates 103

May 27, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

by Richard T. Meagher / staff photographer

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Frostburg State University President Catherine R. Gira praised local graduates Tuesday night for holding down jobs, raising families and being able to "manage all of the complexities of our lives" while obtaining their degrees.

There were several success stories this year at the Hagerstown center, a downtown satellite campus of Frosburg State University.

Michelle D. Shoemaker of Hagerstown knows how to juggle life's challenges and still come out on top.

Shoemaker said when she landed a job with Allegheny Power in Hagerstown, she quickly took an interest in business. She started work in the mail room, worked her way up to the accounting department, and began taking courses at Hagerstown Junior College to broaden her education.

Tuesday, Shoemaker graduated from Frostburg with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.

But Shoemaker never left her job at Allegheny Power, and she said the dual life she led as a student and an employee was tough at times.


"This last semester has been the worst. But it wasn't impossible," Shoemaker said.

The hard work paid off more than one way for Shoemaker. She maintained a perfect grade-point average, leading her to be named one of two honors graduates this year in the Department of Business Administration.

Hagerstown center graduates received degrees during the center's eighth commencement at The Maryland Theatre. Some of the graduates also included students who took Frostburg State University courses in Frederick, Md.

A total of 103 students graduated this year after taking courses in Hagerstown and Frederick, although only about 55 participated in Tuesday night's ceremony.

Washington County Superintendent of Schools Herman G. Bartlett Jr., who delivered the commencement address, praised students for having the "pizazz and intestinal fortitude to stick to it."

"You've got the right stuff. Make sure they see that stuff," said Bartlett, referring to their role in the workforce.

Degrees were awarded in business, education and other areas. Frosburg offers upper-level undergraduate courses and complete graduate courses at the local center on Public Square.

The center enrolls about 400 students a year.

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