Athletics News

90 Student-Athletes Among George Washington University's Class of 2013

May 19, 2013


An estimated 25,000 guests attended the George Washington University's Commencement ceremony on the National Mall on Sunday morning, with 90 GW student-athletes among the graduates.

Sunday's Commencement program boasted a keynote address from GW alumna Kerry Washington, B.A. '98, who was awarded an honorary degree alongside GW's graduating students and student-athletes.

Prior to Sunday's Commencement ceremony, five senior members of the men's rowing team became the first members of their class to graduate in a special Athletics Commencement on Tuesday, as championship competition precluded them from attending Sunday's Commencement.

"Commencement at GW is just one of the unique events our students experience at the university," noted Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles. "From the school celebrations to the ceremony on the National Mall, this is a time for our community to cherish."

Prior to Commencement at GW Athletics' annual Senior Honors Luncheon last week, women's rowing's Anna Kaminski and men's swimming's Phillip Graeter were awarded the top senior athletics awards as recipients of the Lynn George Outstanding Female Student-Athlete and J. Dallas Shirley Outstanding Male Student-Athlete, respectively.

Additionally, women's soccer's Kayley Sullivan was previously given a university Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for her standing in the top two percent of her school based on GPA.

Graduating student-athletes Nemanja Mikic (men's basketball), Tara Booker (women's basketball), Kayla Carto (gymnastics), Nefertiti Roy (gymnastics), Stephanie Stoicovy (gymnastics), Nicole Lacey (lacrosse), Amanda Zakeri (softball), Graeter, Candace Silva-Martin (volleyball), Guy Helman (men's water polo) and Cameron Illes (men's water polo) were recognized by their respective conferences on All-Academic Teams. (Baseball, men's rowing, women's rowing and women's water polo have yet to announce postseason academic awards.)

The senior student-athletes in GW's Class of 2013 led the Athletics Department to an all-time program-high 3.14 cumulative GPA in the fall semester, while the department also completed more than 7,600 hours of voluntary community service during the academic year.

GW has a history of attracting high-profile Commencement speakers to address graduates and guests in the university's backyard on the National Mall. Previous Commencement speakers have included Brian Williams, "NBC Nightly News" anchor; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; First Lady Michelle Obama; Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff to President Barack Obama; former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush; and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

George Washington Athletics Class of 2013

Baseball: Justin Albright, Derek Brown, Brian Derner, Kyle Gelling, Jeff Griffith, Robbie Haben, Ryan Hickey ^, Tyler McCarthy, Matthew Murakami, Kenny O'Brien, J.T. Wauford

Men's Basketball: Bryan Bynes, Dwayne Smith, Nemanja Mikic *, Lasan Kromah, David Pellom

Women's Basketball: Tara Booker, Danni Jackson *, Sara Mostafa, Megan Nipe *, Shi-Heria Shipp *

Men's Cross Country: Alex Dadds

Women's Cross Country: Juliana Stern, Heather Stevens, Julia Weir

Golf: Manny Tulumaris, Brennan Wallman

Gymnastics: Kayla Carto *, Nefertiti Roy, Stephanie Stoicovy

Lacrosse: Jess Hicks, Nicole Lacey, Caitlyn O'Brien, Soo Mee Yoon

Men's Rowing: Adam Bair, Sean Fago, Sam Goldberg, Eric Herrera, Anthony Paladino

Women's Rowing: Claire Ashcraft, Lauren Byrne, Hayley Evans, Maley Hunt, Anna Kaminski, Annie Morse ^, Christine Popp, Brittany Riley, Gaby Uzdin

Sailing: Ian Conners, Sloan Dickey ^, Rebecca Engel, Skye Kussmann, Christopher Nolfi, Richard Sant

Men's Soccer: Zach Abaie, Alejandro Almodovar, Daniel Ripperger-Suhler, Seth Rudolph

Women's Soccer: Molly Bruh, Samie Cloutier, Adriana Moya, Kayley Sullivan

Softball: Tara Fogarty, Julie Orlandi, Kristi Saporito, Autumn Taylor, Amanda Zakeri

Men's Squash: Sam Ehrlich, Islam El-Fiky ^, Player Haynes, Omar Sobhy

Men's Swimming: Alex Etz, Stephan Franke, Duncan Galler, Niklas Glenesk, Phillip Graeter, Stephen Nelson, Zach Peart, Luke Quimby

Men's Tennis: Leonardo Lapentti, Alexander van Gils

Women's Tennis: Mimi Hamling, Dorota Lysienia

Volleyball: Christie Graf, Candace Silva-Martin, Lauren Whyte

Men's Water Polo: Guy Helman, Cameron Illes

Women's Water Polo: Jessie Hurd, Allison Peotter

Master's degree recipients italicized
*Will pursue master's degree at GW and compete in 2013-14
^Anticipated December 2013 graduation