COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland athletics department celebrated graduation day with many of its senior student-athletes and their family and friends Thursday afternoon. A reception was held at the President’s Suite at Tyser Tower as all prepared for a memorable two days of graduation ceremonies.
Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson welcomed the graduates and their families and friends on behalf of Maryland Athletics. Sixty Maryland student-athletes from 19 teams in 23 majors will graduate this weekend.
“We are all very proud of our student-athletes and are very excited to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment,” Anderson said. “The best part of our job is when our student-athletes receive their degrees from the University of Maryland. You all exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete at the University of Maryland. We appreciate your tireless commitment to our academic and athletic programs and wish you continued success in your personal and professional endeavors.”
Christine Knauss of the field hockey team said, “Maryland has given me more opportunities and experiences than I could have imagined. I’m so proud to be graduating from this school. Once a Terp, always a Terp.”
Knauss earned degrees in chemistry and biology and was a part of two NCAA championship teams and helped win two ACC championships during her time at Maryland.
Evan Smotrycz of the men’s basketball team earned his degree in American studies and will begin a second degree focusing on real estate development.
“I’m really grateful to have found a place I love here at the University of Maryland,” Smotrycz said. “The administration and athletic support staff have been very supportive since I arrived prior to my junior year. I have enjoyed my academic and athletic experience and look forward to pursuing an additional degree next year.”
Many members of the athletic administration staff and coaches attended the reception. They greeted student-athletes and their families and shared stories and experiences over their careers at Maryland.