Spring Commencement 2016 - LIVE

About 350 students will participate in the 147th Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Feaster Center. A reception in the Falcon Center will immediately follow the ceremony. (full story)

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Streaming of commencement will begin at approximately 12:55 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

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H. Skip Tarasuk, Jr.

H. Skip Tarasuk, Jr.

H. Skip Tarasuk, Jr. graduated from Farmington High School in 1967 and continued his education at Fairmont State. He graduated with a degree in secondary education in 1971. Tarasuk is employed by BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company in Charleston as a Special Projects Consultant. He serves as Chairman of BrickStreet’s Agents Advisory Council. Tarasuk was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company from 2006 to 2009. BrickStreet was the 15th largest writer of workers’ compensation coverage in the United States and the second largest West Virginia based insurance company with more than 550 employees and first year premium of $530 million.

Tarasuk is the former owner and was president of Davis & Tarasuk Insurance Corporation until 2012. He previously served as president for Marion County United Way, Marion County ARC, Fairmont Jaycees and the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc. Tarasuk also served as past director and officer for the Salvation Army, Marion County Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia State Jaycees, West Virginia State Special Olympics, Marion County Humane Society and the Board of Governors of Fairmont State University. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fairmont State University Foundation and was honored by the Fairmont State Alumni Association as Outstanding Alumnus during Homecoming 2015.

On November 12, 2015, BrickStreet Foundation presented FSU Foundation, Inc. with a $1 million gift for scholarships in honor of Mr. Tarasuk for his dedicated years of service to Fairmont State University and BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company.

Tarasuk resides in Fairmont with his wife Connie. They are the parents of Hilary, a government and external relations specialist for BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Company in Charlotte, N.C.

R. Mitch Moore

R. Mitch Moore

R. Mitch Moore of Hundred is the Senior Class Representative for the Class of 2016. A graduate of Hundred High School, he is the son of Randy and Janet Moore, and he follows his great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother as a member of the Falcon Family. Moore graduates from Fairmont State University today with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration with a Finance concentration, and he is also a graduate of the FSU Honors Program.

“I came to Fairmont State to give it a chance,” Moore said. “My parents told me I could transfer anywhere I wanted after the first year, but before mid-term of my first semester I had no doubt that I would be at Fairmont State for the rest of my undergraduate career. My faculty were stellar, my fellow students were extremely supportive, and my time as Student Body President just culminated an already amazing experience.”

As a student at Fairmont State, Moore was named to either the President’s List or the Dean’s list each semester, was awarded multiple scholarships through the FSU School of Business, won the National Merit Scholarship Award through the Delta Mu Delta honorary, and received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. Additionally, Moore conducted research through the School of Business and the Honors Program concerning Foreign Currency markets and risk management strategies, and he presented that research at the University Celebration of Student Scholarship.

Moore is most notably recognized, though, for his involvement in University life. For two years, Moore served his fellow students and the University as the Student Body President. Throughout his experience at FSU, Moore was able to assist in the formation of five different student organizations, was an active member of more than ten, and was heavily involved in numerous community service projects.

“Graduating from a University is about so much more than the hours spent studying or in the classroom. My involvement on campus and the memories associated with that experience will be what I cherish for the rest of my life,” Moore said.

As a senior at Fairmont State, Moore challenged his class to be the first to donate a class gift to the University. Their gift is a Veterans Plaza signifying the University’s support and respect for its Student Veterans.

In December of 2015, Moore was accepted to pursue his Juris Doctorate at the West Virginia University College of Law as a member of the class of 2019, and he will begin his study at WVU in the fall of 2016.

Bruce Stanley

Bruce Stanley

Born and raised in the coal fields of southern West Virginia, Bruce Stanley worked his way through school, graduating from the West Virginia University College of Arts and Sciences and the West Virginia University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the West Virginia Law Review. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prior to starting his own practice, he was a partner for many years at the Pittsburgh office of global law firm Reed Smith.

Stanley has brought a number of jury cases to verdict in both state and federal courts. Among the high-profile cases in which he has been involved is Caperton v. Massey, which resulted in a landmark opinion issued by the Supreme Court of the United States on the issue of campaign contributions and judicial recusal. In the Aracoma mine fire litigation, he represented the widows and estates of coal miners who perished in a tragic underground fire in Logan County, obtaining significant settlements against both the mine operator and the United States government. His efforts on those as well as other cases involving the former Massey Energy Corporation were chronicled in “The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption,” by New York Times best-selling author Laurence Leamer.

Stanley’s most recent multi-million dollar verdict was a $3 million award against a national railroad for a train derailment that collapsed a coal tipple and severely injured a coal miner trapped inside the fallen structure. He has also handled a number of complex arbitrations before panels of the American Arbitration Association and the International Chamber of Commerce. Stanley volunteered for many years as an adjunct lecturer at the West Virginia University College of Law, teaching a three credit hour course on construction law topics.  He also served for three years on the West Virginia University College of Law Development Council.