May 25, 2010

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:


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:


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.