May 24, 2012

UMBC Athletics Celebrates the Class of 2012


BALTIMORE—On Monday, May 21, 2012, UMBC celebrated its 58th commencement exercises. Among the 1,252 undergraduates receiving their diplomas at the First Mariner Arena that afternoon were 59 student-athletes who represented the school with class and dignity for the past four or five years.


The Class of 2012 is a very accomplished group, both on and off the court. Among those who graduated were:


In addition, 10 student-athletes graduated with honors, including five cum laude and five magna cum laude. A total of 29 have been recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll during their tenure.


One former Retriever, Matt Spadafora, earned his master’s degrees in economic policy analysis.


Four student-athletes – Kennedy, track and field’s Kiki Malomo-Pariswomen’s soccer’s Aly Gazarek,  and men’s soccer’s Miguel Calderón of the prestigious Phi  Kappa Phi honor society, while volleyball’s Allie Spaay became a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.


Kennedy and Malomo-Paris and UMBC Athletics’ Video Coordinator Zachary Seidel were recognized as  members of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society


Gazarek is also a member of the National College Athlete Honor Society, (Chi Alpha Sigma) 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, 22 Retriever student-athletes graduated in December 2011, bringing the total for the 2011-12 academic year to 81. Soccer’s Vince Savarese, a December graduate, was named the Outstanding Senior in the MBA Preparatory Studies program.