May commencement marks 50 years of graduate studies

TOWSON, Md. (May 15, 2008)—TOWSON, Md. -- With the May 2008 commencement exercises, Towson University marks 50 years of offering graduate degree programs.

Frances Bond, Ph.D., was the first to receive an advanced degree from then Towson State College. Towson's first graduate program was the M.Ed. in elementary education, which was launched in 1958.

Additional education and psychology programs were added throughout the 1960s. The 1970's saw the addition of science and health related programs, while the 1980s heralded a wider breadth including human resource development, professional studies, and such arts programs as studio art and music performance. Technology was the prevalent theme of the 1990s with computer science, applied and industrial mathematics and applied information technology being launched.

Towson University's Graduate School has seen its greatest period of growth since 2000 with the launch of 14 new master's degrees, 24 certificate programs and Towson University's first four doctoral programs.

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