148th Commencement - LIVE

More than 400 students will participate in the 148th Commencement for Fairmont State University at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 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 13.

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Dr. Maria C. Bennett Rose, FSU President

After being part of the Fairmont State family for more than 25 years, Dr. Maria C. Bennett Rose became the University’s president on May 3, 2012. Prior to her appointment, she served as Interim President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and as a faculty member.

Dr. Rose taught developmental writing, developmental reading and study skills and has coordinated the campus-wide peer tutoring program. She served as Director of Retention and Vice President of Academic Services. Working with the FSU School of Education’s Professional Development Schools initiative, she has served as the liaison for White Hall Elementary School.

She was a member of the Governor’s Council on Literacy during the administrations of Gaston Caperton, Cecil Underwood and Bob Wise. As a member of the Council, she served as Chair of Public Outreach and worked on many family literacy projects. Rose authored and served as the Principal Investigator for the Fairmont State Title III Strengthening Institutions grant. She received national recognition as Outstanding First Year Student Advocate, which was presented by the National Resource Center for First Year Experience and Students in Transition. Dr. Rose served on a task force for the Higher Education Policy Commission Adult Learner initiative and is currently serving on the Commission’s College Completion Task Force.

Chancellor Paul Hill of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission named Dr. Rose to the Compensation, Planning and Review Committee maintained in SB439 as part of the human resources directive (Old 330). Also during her tenure as president, she has served as chair of the Conduct Committee for the Mountain East Conference and Presidential Coordinator for the West Virginia Association of Regional Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Rose has remained active in the Fairmont community, serving on the boards of directors for the United Way of Marion County and the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Rose received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Fairmont State College and a Master of Arts degree in Reading from West Virginia University. From WVU, she also earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on family and community literacy issues as they relate to higher education. In addition, she earned a Developmental Educator Certification through the Kellogg Institute of Appalachian State University.

“I am grateful for the relationships built and lives changed by this University, which has made a great impact on my life.  My role in the story of Fairmont State is changing but not ending. Tom, our family and I will always be proud to be part of the Falcon family,” Dr. Rose said.

Julian Pecora

Julian Parker Pecora is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg. He is the son of Andrea Pecora and William Pecora. He is the stepson of Rocco Fucillo and Connie Pecora. Julian followed his stepfather Rocco Fucillo and his uncle Jeremy Pecora as a member of the Falcon Family.  

Having many options to pursue his higher education, Julian chose Fairmont State University because of the family-type atmosphere that permeates the campus. Fairmont State University is a place where the student body, faculty, staff, and the administration want students to succeed.

Julian has stated, “Attending Fairmont State University was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have competed on the state, national, and international level in high school and in college and I can genuinely say that Fairmont State University students and professors are on par with the best in the world.”

Fairmont State is a place where students can be involved and have opportunities across the world. Pecora is an alumnus of the prestigious American Legion Boys Nation and the United States Senate Youth Program, where he obtained the honor of being a William Randolph Hearst Scholar. Pecora has been featured on CSPAN, had two meetings with President Barack Obama in the White House, and has addressed the West Virginia House of Delegates while appearing on the Public Broadcast Station.

While at Fairmont State, Julian was named to the President’s List every semester. He was the captain of the Speech and Debate Team and a William White Scholar. He was a nine-time state finalist at the State Higher Education Forensics Tournament. Pecora has competed in international debate tournaments through Afghans for Progressive Thinking. APT is an organization that works with university students to promote a culture of tolerance, openness and respect by providing opportunities to engage on contemporary issues.
He is a founding member and the current president of the Model United Nations team. He has helped lead the team to second- and third-place finishes at the International Model United Nations Conference at the UN in NYC. Pecora and his teammates competed against over 200 schools and foundations across the world to become award winners. Pecora represented the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Society in its national award-winning competition, and he finished as a National Quiz Bowl semifinalist.

Pecora is a member of the Criminal Justice, Political Science and Social Sciences Honor Societies. He was the parliamentarian for the Student Government Association and was a Frasure-Singleton Intern with the West Virginia Legislature. During his internship, he was one of two selected of 30 students to address the Youth of West Virginia on statewide television. Pecora is also a member of the Society of Collegiate Democrats and represented Fairmont State University at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.

Pecora was handpicked by the Social Sciences Department to be Fairmont State’s first Student Ambassador for Political Science. He has worked as a political consultant and treasurer on a successful political campaign and was named the Forensic Student of the Year for his outstanding leadership in debate and speech. Pecora was awarded the Political Science Achievement award for his career at Fairmont State.

Pecora will be attending West Virginia University College of Law. He hopes to have a career in politics and represent the state of West Virginia on the state and national level. Julian Pecora’s story of achievement shows that Fairmont State University is truly a place where you can be first.