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:
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.