Investiture for President Burmaster and Community Celebration Set for August


Frederick Community College is inviting alumni and the public to attend a weekend of special events that culminates with the Investiture of President Elizabeth Burmaster and a community celebration on Sunday, August 30.

Former students are also invited to an Alumni Tailgate event at 6 p.m. Saturday, August 29 at the Frederick Indoor Sports Center (FISC). The preseason Ravens-Redskins football game will be shown on a large screen, tailgating foods will be served, and there will be activities for children.

The investiture – also commonly referred to as an inauguration – ceremony for President Burmaster and community celebration will take place Sunday afternoon, and is free and open to the general public. The event is being sponsored by the FCC Foundation.

“This will be an important day in our College history and we look forward to opening our campus and inviting all our community members to celebrate with us,” said Debra Borden, chair of the FCC Board of Trustees. “President Burmaster has already proven herself as the right leader for FCC and we are impressed with all she has accomplished in her first year as College President.” 

The event will kick off with the investiture ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in the JBK Theater, when President Burmaster will be officially recognized as the 10th president of FCC. The half-hour ceremony will be followed by a community celebration on the quad between the Athletics Center and Linganore Hall. The afternoon will feature live music, a tent with student demonstrations and displays, campus tours, activities for children, and light refreshments from 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The college has grown significantly in its campus footprint and scope of programs in recent years, with more than 6,000 students taking credit classes each fall, and an equal number taking Continuing Education courses. In addition to the main campus, students take classes at the Monroe Center on Monroe Avenue in Frederick, and at the Mount Airy College Center for Health Care Education.

President Burmaster, who is a Frederick native, began as the president of FCC in August 2014. She previously served as the president of Nicolet College in Wisconsin. She has also served as the elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction and president of the national Council of Chief State School Officers. Earlier in her career, President Burmaster was a teacher and principal at all levels -- elementary, middle, and high school. She has also served on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, the Wisconsin Technical College State Board, and the Governor’s Council on Workforce Development, as well as numerous national educational boards. She and her husband, John, have three adult children and three grandsons.

For more information on the Investiture, contact Mike Pritchard at 301.846.2417.

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