On Thursday, May 21, 2009, UMBC celebrated its 51st commencement exercises. Among the nearly 1,200 undergraduates receiving their diplomas at the First Mariner Arena that afternoon were 60 student-athletes who represented the school with class and dignity for the past four or five years.
The Class of 2009 is a very accomplished group, both on and off the playing field. Among those who graduated were:
- 29 America East All-Conference honorees
- 15 America East All-Academic squad members
- 10 school record holders
- Six America East champions
- Four All-Americans – Jeremy Blevins (men’s lacrosse), Alex Hopmann (men’s lacrosse), Terry Kimener (men’s lacrosse), Drew Westervelt (men’s lacrosse) -and two All-Region honorees – Kara Dorr (women’s lacrosse) and Ali Levendusky (women’s lacrosse)
- Three ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honorees – Sarah Ball (volleyball),Cornelia Carapcea (women’s tennis) and Kara Dorr (women’s lacrosse)
- Two America East Scholar-Athletes – Tina Cantwell (women’s swimming and diving) and Cornelia Carapcea (women’s tennis)
- The 2005 America East Volleyball Rookie of the Year – Sarah Ball
- The 2008 America East Sportsmanship Award male recipient – Cavell Johnson (men’s basketball)
- The 2008 and 2009 America East Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Year – Terry Kimener(2008) and Jeremy Blevins (2009)
- The Most Outstanding Female Rookie of the 2006 America East Swimming and Diving Championships – Daniele Surkovich
- The Most Outstanding Performer of the 2007 America East Men’s Tennis Championships – David Jackson
- The Most Outstanding Female Field Performer of the 2007 and 2008 America East Indoor Track and Field Championships and the 2008 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Ashley Fauntleroy
- The Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 America East Men’s Basketball Championships – Jay Greene
- The Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 America East Men’s Lacrosse Championships – Terry Kimener
In addition, 11 student-athletes graduated with honors, including three Cum Laude, seven Magna Cum Laude and one Summa Cum Laude. A total of 32 were recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll over the last year, with 20 earning Commissioner’s Honor Roll status for earning a 3.5 GPA or higher during their competition season.
Tennis standout Cornelia Carapcea was the co-salutatorian of UMBC’s Class of 2009, as she maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in four years as an information systems and financial economics double major.
Three Retrievers earned their master’s degrees – former track and field standouts Adam Grossman (civil and environmental engineering) and Francine Ward (public policy) and women’s soccer midfielder Amy Morrison (applied sociology).
A number of graduating student-athletes were also honored during UMBC’s Student Recognition Week May 4-10, including:
- Sarah Ball, Volleyball – Outstanding Secondary Education Student
- Cliff Bridges, Men’s Track and Field – Outstanding Graduating Senior in Mathematics
- Cornelia Carapcea, Women’s Tennis – Outstanding Senior in Information Systems
- Matt Curtin, Men’s Lacrosse – Media and Communications Students Outstanding Student Award
- Kara Dorr, Women’s Lacrosse – Political Science Outstanding Scholar Leader
- James Mildenberger, Men’s Track and Field – Administrative and Managerial Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior, Management Science
- Michael Novotny, Men’s Soccer – Erickson School of Aging Studies Departmental Honors and AARP Career Award
Three student-athletes – Carapcea, volleyball’s Sarah Ball and track and field’s Cliff Bridges– are members of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society. In addition, 10 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.