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Mount Celebrates Its Newest Frederick Campus Graduates

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The nearly 30 adult undergraduate and graduate students at the Frederick campus who celebrated their graduation with a ceremony and toast December 6 had the opportunity to thank the pioneers of the Mount’s Division of Graduate, Professional and Continuing Education who began the program 20 years ago.

Raising their glasses along with the graduates were Linda Martinak, the first dean of the then Division of Continuing Studies, and Jennifer Livesay, one of the first graduates of the program. A total of 97 students, including 55 MBA, 9 Master of Health Administration and 13 bachelor’s degree recipients, graduated this fall.

fredgrad-martinak.jpgMartinak recalled that the first class was held in October 1999 with 15 students, two months after she was hired and then quickly secured a lease and purchased items such as desks and whiteboards. The program grew rapidly, with enrollment doubling every year for the first four years.

Livesay, who was part of the original graduating class in 2001, described the program as “cutting edge” and expressed her gratitude that the Mount opened a pathway for her and others to obtain their undergraduate degree as adults while working full-time and honoring family commitments. “The Mount set me up for my future,” Livesay said.

Both the students who began in 1999 and those who graduated in 2019 have fredgradjennifer.jpghad the doors to their educational journey opened at the Frederick campus. “What we do here matters,” said Jennifer Staiger, associate provost for graduate, professional and continuing education. “We provide pathways for adult students that didn’t exist before. We allow students to take the next step. We provide you with support, understanding and a passion to gain knowledge and confidence that results in the best version of you.”

In a toast to the graduates, President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D., said: “I am impressed with what you have done to get to this point in charting a path and inspiring those who follow.” Martinak and Livesay have led the way for thousands who have obtained a degree or certificate at the Mount’s Frederick campus. Now the newest graduates will go on to obtain promotions, change careers and lead lives of significance.