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Graduates receive degrees at FSU ceremony

May 29, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

As a photographer at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., Frank Mullen is used to taking lots of pictures.

But on Tuesday night, every shot he took of his wife, Marietta, as she graduated from Frostburg State University's Center in Hagerstown will be a prize winner.

"I'm really proud of her," Frank Mullen said. "She was in college when we first got married but then she stopped and was just now getting back to it."

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Marietta Mullen of Frederick, Md., was one of 138 candidates eligible to receive either master's or bachelor's degrees Tuesday night at the 12th annual commencement at The Maryland Theatre.

Between 40 and 45 graduates and their families attended the commencement. Many others had already received their diplomas Saturday or six months ago in ceremonies at the main campus in Frostburg, Md.

"I actually graduated in December at the main campus," said class speaker Robert Rankin of Hagerstown, a businessman and civic leader.

Rankin said he and many of the other 115 master's degree candidates earned their advanced degrees to improve their business knowledge.

"My studies gave me a valuable insight into business and a renewed sense of teamwork," Rankin said outside the theater before the ceremonies began. "I really enjoyed the challenge."

Rankin holds a bachelor of science degree in recreation from Shepherd College and an associate of arts degree in mortuary science from Catonsville Community College.

He is employed as manager of the Scott Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown and devotes much of his spare time to volunteering in the local community, serving the Hagerstown Lions Club for 27 years and the United Way of Washington County for 32 years.

He is a member and past president of the Hagerstown YMCA board of trustees and is a member of the Red Cross board, the Hagers-town Park Board and Antietam Health Foundation, as well as being president of St. Mary's Church parish council.

FSU President Catherine R. Gira, and Elizabeth Morgan, interim superintendent of Washington County Public Schools, also were speakers.

Presenting candidates for degrees at the commencement Tuesday night were Stephen Simpson, FSU provost, and James Shaw, director of the FSU Hagerstown Center.

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