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Seton Hall Celebrates 2014 Commencement


May 19, 2014

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seton Hall University celebrated its 157th baccalaureate commencement on Monday, May 19, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and 51 student-athletes walked across the stage as members of the Class of 2014.

The diverse group included 25 female and 26 male student-athletes, representing 13 different states as well as eight foreign nations.

The men's soccer and men's swimming & diving teams each saw seven student-athletes receive their diplomas. All six seniors on from the Pirates' men's basketball squad earned their degrees as did five seniors from the women's soccer program. The baseball, women's basketball, women's golf and women's swimming & diving teams each featured four graduates. Three members of the softball program were also honored as were a pair of representatives from the women's tennis and women's cross country teams respectively. The men's cross country, men's golf and volleyball programs each graduated their only eligible senior.

The ceremony marked the culmination of the academic year for the Seton Hall University Department of Athletics, honoring a group of Pirates that garnered a number of individual and team academic accolades during their time in South Orange.

Graduating on Monday were 21 members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student-Athlete Honor Society, along with 27 recipients of the Seton Hall Academic Merit Award which recognizes seniors who have achieved at least a 3.2 grade-point average (GPA). Together, they been staples on the annual BIG EAST Academic All-Star list and have helped raise the collective GPA among all student-athletes at The Hall to its highest mark ever. The class included Seton Hall Scholar Athletes of the year Hannah Basalone (Brea, Calif.) who as a part of the original recruiting class helped lift the women's golf team to a BIG EAST Championship in just its fourth year of existence and Carl Johnston (Surrey, British Columbia) who helped the men's cross country team take home the 2012-13 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award for boasting the highest GPA in the conference.   

Also included in the Class of 2014 was the Pirates' pair of BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year nominees in men's soccer's Kevin Matthews (Ambler, Pa.) and Chloe Sher (Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong) of women's tennis.

With spring 2014 grades yet to be finalized, eight members of the class graduated Magna Cum Laude, two earned Summa Cum Laude recognition and 11 received Cum Laude honors.

The commencement ceremony capped a 2013-14 academic year in which Seton Hall Athletics unveiled the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence and saw five programs earn the NCAA Public Recognition Award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) in the top-10 percent of their sport. The NCAA award is just one example of a host of team awards that honored the Pirates for their work in the classroom over the past year as various outlets recognized Seton Hall programs as among the top performing teams in the nation.

The women's soccer squad earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team All-Academic accolades and both the men's and women's swimming & diving teams earned College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America distinction for the 14th consecutive year. Also continuing the tradition of academic prowess was the tennis program, which received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Team All-Academic Award for the sixth straight year.

SETON HALL PIRATES CLASS OF 2014
BASEBALL (4)
John Beaubien
Livingston, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dillon Hamlin
Colts Neck, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Josh Prevost
Belle Meade, N.J.
Marketing
Chris Selden
Allenhurst, N.J.
Mathematics
MEN'S BASKETBALL (6)
Patrik Auda
Cum Laude
Brno, Czech Republic
Finance
Aaron Geramipoor
Manchester, England
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Fuquan Edwin
Paterson, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kevin Lynch
Canton, Mass.
Sport Management
Brian Oliver
Glassboro, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Eugene Teague
Vineland, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (4)
Janee Johnson
Matthews, N.C.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Breanna Jones
Hampton, Va.
Biology
Ka-Deidre Simmons
Newark, N.J.
Broadcast and Visual Media
Elaine Swaby
Cum Laude
Paterson, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (1)
Carl Johnston
Summa Cum Laude
Surrey, British Columbia
Biology
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (2)
Nyala Eddings
Cum Laude
Chicago, Ill.
Finance and Management
Kristen May
Shrewsbury, Mass.
Biology
MEN'S GOLF (1)
Gary Dunne
Wicklow, Ireland
Liberal Studies
WOMEN'S GOLF (4)
Stacie Ballou
Cum Laude
Staten Island, N.Y.
Physics
Hannah Basalone
Summa Cum Laude
Brea, Calif.
English
Samantha Massei
Magna Cum Laude
Allen, Texas
Public Relations
Haley Van Es
Granger, Ind.
Public Relations
MEN'S SOCCER (7)
Kevin Bonder
Whippany, N.J.
Marketing and Management
Christian Battistesa
Bound Brook, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chris Garcia
Rutherford, N.J.
Public Relations
Max Garcia
Jersey City, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
John Gurel
Istanbul, Turkey
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kevin Matthews
Ambler, Pa.
Finance
George Velasquez
Union City, N.J.
Broadcast and Visual Media
WOMEN'S SOCCER (5)
Ashley Clarke
Paramus, N.J.
Marketing
Meghan Hayes
Magna Cum Laude
Fredon, N.J.
Biology
Marie Klemme
Magna Cum Laude
Berlin, Germany
Marketing
Katie Ritter
Magna Cum Laude
Hagerstown, Md.
Criminal Justice
Amie Ruhe
Magna Cum Laude
Monrovia, Md.
Marketing
MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (7)
Matt Benson
Overland Park, Kan.
Marketing
Greg Black
Cum Laude
Easton, Pa.
History and Greek
Ian DeLisio
Cum Laude
Woodstock, N.Y.
Finance
Evan Forbes
Cinnaminson, N.J.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Joey Lacus
Cum Laude
Wethersfield, Conn.
Graphic and Interactive Design
Tyler Naumann
Middletown, Conn.
Management
Jon Ropson
McKinney, Texas
Sport Management and Finance
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (4)
Kate Dwyer
Freehold, N.J.
Elementary and Special Education
Kerrie Kolackovsky
Franklin Square, N.Y.
Criminal Justice and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Kelly Markwell
Old Bridge, N.J.
Biology
Katie Riley
Newburgh, N.Y.
Nursing
SOFTBALL (3)
Maria DeLuca
Cum Laude
Cedar Grove, N.J.
Psychology
Meredith Henze
Cum Laude
Elkton, Md.
Biology
Jen Metzger
Magna Cum Laude
Pine Hill, N.J.
Biology
WOMEN'S TENNIS (2)
Rocio Portela
Magna Cum Laude
Demetrio Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Diplomacy and International Relations
Chloe Sher
Magna Cum Laude
Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong
Environmental Studies
VOLLEYBALL (1)
Alyssa Warren
Cum Laude
Joliet, Ill.
Sport Management and Marketing