Maryland Celebrates 2016 Winter Graduates

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland Athletics Department celebrated graduation day with several senior student-athletes and their families and friends as part of Tuesday's December Commencement. A reception was held prior to the main ceremony as Maryland student-athletes prepared for a memorable day.

“This is a special day for our student-athletes to earn their degrees after years of hard work and dedication,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson. “We congratulate each of our student-athletes and their families as we celebrate this milestone.”

A total of 30 student-athletes earned their degrees Tuesday.

“The entire ICA team is very proud of our graduates,” said Chris Uchacz, Associate Athletic Director and Director of Academic Service and Career Development Unit. “They have worked diligently in the classroom while juggling college athletics. We are also appreciative that their families entrusted us with their sons and daughters and are gracious enough to share some of their day with us.”

The graduating class includes 10 members of their respective sport's all-conference academic teams.

“Academics has always played an important role in my life and the University of Maryland provided me the opportunity to pursue a meaningful double major in Finance and Information Systems from one of the top business schools in the country,”  said Adam Greene of the Maryland football team. “Now that graduation has come and I look back on the journey I've had, earning my degree while playing football at Maryland has been a dream come true and it's been an honor to represent both. Pursuing both of my passions has been incredible and I look forward to continuing my academic and athletic careers as I transition into being a full time Master of Finance student.” 

“Getting my degree is very important to me because it’s another step closer to becoming a chiropractor,” said Sarah Calta of the Maryland softball team. “Being able to balance academics with playing a Division I sports is challenging, and that's why I take a lot of pride in the fact that I finished with a strong GPA I can be proud of.” 

Shane Arechiga Wrestling Criminology and Criminal Justice
Lauren Ball Women's Track & Field Biological Sciences: General Biology
Roman Braglio Football Agricultural and Resource Economics: Agribusiness
Nataliya Bredikhina Tennis Individual Studies
Olga Bredikhina Tennis Economics 
Sarah Calta Softball Kinesiology
Mark Colabucci Wrestling Kinesiology
Milan Collins Football Family Science
Alex Crognale Men's Soccer Economics
Anna Dessoye Field Hockey Community Health
Dakota Edwards Men's Soccer Sociology 
Olga Gaistruk Tennis Kinesiology 
Robert Galligan Baseball Supply Chain Management 
Adam Greene Football Finance
Derrick Hayward Football Family Science
Andrew Isaacs Football Communication
Malik Jones Football Criminology and Criminal Justice
DeAndre Lane Football Criminology and Criminal Justice
Delaney Leathers Field Hockey Biological Sciences: General Biology
William Likely III Football Communication
Tehuti Miles Football Theatre
Brenna Nation Softball English Language and Literature
Cody Niedermeier Men's Soccer Marketing
Chris Odoi-Atsem Men's Soccer Economics
Carlotta Oggioni Volleyball Economics
Chioma Onyekwere Women's Track & Field Engineering: Mechanical
Emma Rissinger Field Hockey Family Science
Andrew Stefanelli Football Kinesiology
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Women's Basketball Sociology
Henry West Men's Lacrosse Economics