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Frostburg graduates Class of 2000

May 30, 2000|By TARA REILLY

After 22 years, Bonita Yetter embraced her dream Tuesday night as her 4-year-old twins yelled out, "Way to go, mom."

Yetter, along with about 60 others, received master's and bachelor's degrees during the Frostburg State University Center in Hagerstown Class of 2000 Commencement held at the Maryland Theatre.

Yetter, who took her first college course in 1978 at George Mason University, was the student speaker. She graduated with honors with a degree in business administration and is a member of Pinnacle, the national honor society for nontraditional students.

"I had no idea it would take 22 years to get a degree," Yetter, of Clear Spring, said.

After two years at George Mason, Yetter moved to Hagerstown and enrolled at Hagerstown Community College, where she took only a few courses in the 1980s.

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In 1990, she enrolled at FSU, taking one or two classes a year in addition to working and raising twin sons, Ryan and Eric.

Yetter thanked her husband, Ed, and her family, friends and employer for helping her reach her goal. She also thanked her professors for their guidance throughout her college career.

"We were faces with a name," Yetter said. "Receiving our degrees today will change all of our lives."

Guest speaker James Pierne, president and CEO of Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust, told the students about the things it takes to be successful in today's business world, including technology proficiency, listening to others, being flexible and having loyalty to customers and employees.

"Learn to be flexible," Pierne said. "Your job will change constantly. The more flexible you can be in your thinking, the more successful you will be in your job."

FSU President Catherine R. Gira said she was inspired by the graduates and told them not to limit themselves in their personal lives and careers.

"Allow time to discover the higher notions within ourselves," Gira said. "You graduates are proof that with tenacity and will it can be done."

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