UMBC Athletics Celebrates Class of 2010

Women's soccer seniors LaShawna Epps, Naomi Opaleye and JoAnne Jackson at the Senior Breakfast.

BALTIMORE—On Monday, May 24, 2010, UMBC celebrated its 52nd commencement exercises. Among the 1,500 undergraduates receiving their diplomas at the First Mariner Arena that afternoon were 78 student-athletes who represented the school with class and dignity for the past four or five years.


The Class of 2010 is a very accomplished group, both on and off the playing field. Among those who graduated were:

  • 30 America East All-Conference honorees
  • 12 America East All-Academic squad members
  • Seven school record holders
  • Nine America East champions and one IC4A champion
  • Four All-Americans
  • Three CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honorees – Alice Chen (tennis), Dominic Devaud (track and field) and Emily Thompson (softball)
  • The 2009 America East Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete – Dominic Devaud
  • The 2010 MACDA Division I Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient – Alice Chen (tennis)
  • A Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist – Kyle Wimer (men’s lacrosse)
  • The 2006 America East Volleyball Rookie of the Year – Ashley Oscars
  • The Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship –Michael Camardo
  • The Most Outstanding Male Field Performer of the 2010 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championship – Victor Gilreath

In addition, 14 student-athletes graduated with honors, including nine cum laude, three magna cum laude and two summa cum laude. A total of 56 have been recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll, with 24 earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for earning a 3.5 GPA or higher during their competition season.


Four Retrievers earned their master’s degrees – current athletes Andrew Germuth (baseball; information systems) and Andrew Madison (cross country/track and field; economic policy analysis) and former standouts Gabriela Furdyna (tennis; industrial/organizational psychology) andFrancine Ward (track and field; public policy) – and former women’s basketball star Matea Pender(2001-06) earned her doctorate degree in public policy. Pender is the first UMBC student-athlete to earn her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from UMBC.


A number of graduating student-athletes were also honored during UMBC’s Student Recognition Week May 3-9, including:

  • Alice ChenTennis – Outstanding Graduating Senior in Biochemistry
  • Meghan ColabellaWomen’s Basketball – History Department Achievement Award
  • Kevin GoedekeMen’s Lacrosse – Erickson School Departmental Honor
  • Zach Vonder HaarSwimming and Diving – Outstanding Senior in Chemical Engineering

Two student-athletes – Tennis’ Alice Chen and swimming and diving’s Tereza Kaplanova are members of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa phi honor societies for academic excellence. In addition, eight graduating Retrievers are members of the National College Athlete Honor Society, which recognizes those students who receive a varsity letter while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and/or senior years.


In addition, 26 Retriever student-athletes graduated in December 2009, bringing the total for the 2009-10 academic year to 104.