Spring Commencement 2014 - LIVE

About 350 students will participate in Spring Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Feaster Center. A reception in the Falcon Center will immediately follow the ceremony.

Streaming of commencement will begin at approximately 12:55 p.m. Saturday, May 10.

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Frank Gabor

Frank Gabor

Frank “Pooch” Gabor, a Grant Town native, is the son of Frank and Theresa Gabor. He graduated from Fairview High School in 1953 and served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State in 1961. While a student at Fairmont State, he was a member of Tau Beta Iota Fraternity and Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. He lettered for three years in baseball and one year in soccer. He earned his Master’s degree in Health Care Administration from George Washington University in 1964.

Because of their major gift in support of the West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State in 2006, the Gabors became the namesakes of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center and continue to back its mission to identify, preserve and perpetuate the region’s rich cultural heritage. In 2007, the Gabors were honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award.

Marianne Jenkins

Marianne W. Jenkins

Marianne W. Jenkins of Grafton has been selected as the Senior Class Representative for the Class of 2014. A homeschooled GED recipient, she is the daughter of Dorothy and Roy B. Jenkins Jr. She will graduate from Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphics Technology with a minor in Communications.

As a student at Fairmont State, Jenkins earned numerous awards for public speaking and debate including third place in the M.M. Neely Persuasive Speaking Contest in 2011, second place in 2012 and first place in 2013. She was a semi-finalist in the O’Donnell Debate Tournament at Marietta College in Ohio in 2012. She was nominated to participate in the Celebration of Student Scholarship in 2013 and won the Leadership in Debate Award in 2013. Also that year she received the Matthew M. and Alberta R. Neely Communication Endowed Scholarship. She earned two awards at the West Virginia International Forensic Association (IFA) State Championship in 2014, winning sixth place in Rhetorical Criticism and fourth place in Impromptu Speaking.

President Maria Rose

President Maria Rose

“As a graduate of Fairmont State myself, I know firsthand the life-changing power of a higher education degree. Our graduates are equipped to enter the workforce as highly-qualified and well-prepared employees,” said FSU President Maria Rose. “Of course, Winter Commencement is an exciting time for our graduates and their families, but it is also an important day in the lives of our faculty and staff, who take pride in watching students walk across the stage during the ceremony.”