BALTIMORE – On Thursday, May 22, UMBC celebrated the school’s 62nd Commencement at the Baltimore Arena where over 1,700 undergraduates received their diplomas. Among those honored for their years of hard work and dedication to both the university, and its community, were 58 Retriever student-athletes.
During their reign at UMBC, the Class of 2014 accumulated a number of accomplishments and honors both on and off the field of play. Among those who graduated were:
- 24 America East All-Conference selections
- 15 America East All-Academic honorees
- 60 America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll recipients and 60 America Honor Roll members
- 14 National College Athlete Honor Society Members
- A United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Honorable Mention All-American – Matt Gregoire
- A Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics Post Graduate Scholarship recipient – Lauren Kadet
- A two-time America East Outdoor Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete and 2012 America East Indoor Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete – Dennison Long
- A two-time America East Setter of the Year – Mallory McIntyre
- The 2011 America East Swimming Most Outstanding Male Rookie – Johan Rohtla
- A 2012 US Swimming Olympic Trial Qualifier – Patrick Husson
- The three-time America East champion in the 100 backstroke – Klara Pavelkova
- The three-time America East champion in the outdoor 110m hurdles and three-time champion in the indoor 60m hurdles – Trae Proctor
- The three-time America East champion in the 200-free relay, the 400-free relay and the 200-medley relay – Erika Ronning
Eight student-athletes graduated with honors – three cum laude, four magna cum laude and one summa cum laude.
Women’s track and field member Kirsten McGovern and baseball player Luke Seppi each accepted membership into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, while women’s tennis player Kim Berghaus joined the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. McGovern, Seppi and Berghaus were each named Outstanding Graduating Seniors in their respective majors.
In addition, 18 Retriever student-athletes are set to graduate by the end of the calendar year, bringing the total of 2014 graduates to 76.
Four former student-athletes received advanced degrees on Wednesday, May 21. Former men’s lacrosse player Christopher Morris, who received the Fulbright Student Grant, earned his Ph.D in computer science, while former women’s basketball player Kristin Coles received her master’s in sociology, former men’s swimmer Mitchell Donovan earned his master’s in environmental systems and former men’s soccer player Liam Paddock received his master’s in management of aging services.