96 Student-Athletes Graduate as Part of George Washington University's Class of 2016
Annual Commencement on National Mall Punctuates Week of Commencement Activities
In the shadow of the Washington Monument on the National Mall, 96 GW student-athletes joined over 6,400 graduates at the George Washington University Commencement ceremony on Sunday morning.
United States senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) served as the keynote speaker as the Class of 2016 had their degrees conferred on a picturesque day in the Nation's Capital.
The ceremony was the final event in a week-long graduation celebration for GW student-athletes. The week began with a special commencement ceremony for six men's rowing student-athletes who were not able to attend the university's ceremony due to scheduled competition at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Student-athletes enjoyed commencement exercises for their respective schools throughout the week at the Charles E. Smith Center before being honored at Saturday's Senior Honors Breakfast at the Washington Marriott Hotel.
At the breakfast, women's squash's Anna Gabriela Porras and men's tennis' Danil Zelenkov were honored as the Lynn George Outstanding Female Student-Athlete and the J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Male Student-Athlete, respectively. Porras is a four-time College Squash Association (CSA) All-American and the all-time career wins leader for GW women's squash. Zelenkov is a four-time Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference selection, the 2013 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer and a three-time A-10 Academic All-Conference honoree.
Women's rowing's Jennifer Nichols, who boasts a 3.98 grade-point average and is a three-time recipient of the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, was named the Senior Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Men's soccer's Jonny Forrest was named the Senior Male Scholar Athlete of the Year with his 3.93 grade-point average. Forrest was also an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipient from the School of Business in 2015 and this year was named its Outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration.
GW Athletics Class of 2016
Baseball: Randy Dalrymple, Bobby LeWarne, Luke Olson, Mattheiu Robért, Gabe Scott, Jacob Williams, Andy Young
Men's Basketball: Tyler Cavanaugh, Patricio Garino, Kevin Larsen, Joe McDonald, Alex Mitola
Women's Basketball: Dalacy Anderson, Aaliyah Brown, Alexis Chandler, Lauren Chase, Jonquel Jones
Men's Cross Country & Track: Rob Craven, Jack McCabe, Ryan Tucker
Women's Cross Country & Trac;: Katie Bishop, Caroline Wolfe
Golf: Steve Piela, Michael Helton, Pierre Tillement
Gymnastics: Alexsis Petrikis, Taylor Redmond
Lacrosse: Olivia Boudreau, Cara Dellavecchia, Ellie Glasgow, Gabbi Hull, Julia Lawson, Jacqui Stevens, Becca Taub, Hallie Walker
Men's Rowing: Connor Barley, Dan Henry, Taylor Evans, Keenan Freyberg, Matt Palmer, Jordan Tewksbury-Volpe
Women's Rowing: Emily Keable, Jen Nichols, Elyse Pengeroth, Michaelah Townley
Sailing: Benjamin Helfand, Michael Ince, Hannah McNomee, Maria Sinagra, Jay Spector, Henry Young
Men's Soccer: Oliver De Thier, Jonny Forrest, Ross Higgins, Jack Lopez, Philip McQuitty, Eddie Painter, Matthew Scott
Women's Soccer: Kristi Abbate, Brooke Bean, Emily Brown, Ellen Conway, Kyla Ridley, Brooke Stoller
Softball: Carlee Gray, Morgan Matetic, Maura Murphy
Women's Squash: Emely Levyn, Anna Gabriela Porras, Alexa Tzarnas, Eunice Tan
Men's Squash: Reid Breck, James Reiss
Men's Swimming & Diving: Oliver Keegan
Women's Swimming & Diving: Mara Debnekoff, Emma Gaquin, Maggie Hofstadter, Madison Reinker, Hannah Schaefer, Lauren Steagall, Kally Vanderbilt
Men's Tennis: Cahit Kapukiran, Danil Zelenkov
Women's Tennis: Lana Robins, Egle Jakuciunaite
Volleyball: Maddy Doyle, Natalie Leger, Maggie Skjelbred, Jordan Timmer
Men's Water Polo: Bogdan Petkovic, Jonah Dowd, Connor Dillon
Women's Water Polo: Addy Colona, Hannah Cox, Mikaela Pyrch