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Seton Hall Celebrates 2015 Commencement


May 19, 2015

Seton Hall University celebrated its 158th baccalaureate commencement on Monday, May 18, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and 58 student-athletes walked across the stage as members of the Class of 2015.

The diverse group included 30 female and 28 male student-athletes, representing 16 different states as well as six foreign nations. Of the 58 student-athletes who received their diplomas, five graduated Summa Cum Laude, 12 earned Magna Cum Laude recognition and 10 received Cum Laude honors.

The men's soccer teams saw 10 student-athletes receive their diploma while the softball and baseball squads each graduated seven. Women's Soccer (6) and volleyball (5) combined for 11 graduates and all four men's basketball seniors earned their degrees as well. The women's golf, men's cross country, men's swimming & diving and women's swimming & diving programs each boasted three honorees followed by a pair of representatives from women's basketball, women's cross country and women's tennis respectively. The men's golf program graduated its lone eligible senior as well.

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 30 members of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Student-Athlete Honor Society, along with 42 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 have helped make achieving BIG EAST Academic All-Star status the standard; contributing to efforts that have resulted in the collective GPA among all student-athletes at The Hall rising to its highest mark ever.

The class included Seton Hall Scholar Athletes of the YearMary Migton (Ledgewood, N.J.) and Tyler Orner (Sinking Spring, Pa.); both of whom competed for the Pirates' cross country program. Migton will be returning to South Orange to pursue a graduate degree while Orner earned both a bachelor's and master's degree in four years while helping the men's cross country team take home the last two BIG EAST Team Excellence Awards for boasting the highest GPA in the conference.

Volleyball standout and Class of 2015 member Shelbey Manthorpe (Merion Station, Pa.) became Seton Hall's first recipient of the BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award and recently added the prestigious BIG EAST Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award to an impressive collection of accolades.

The commencement ceremony capped a 2014-15 academic year in which 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 garnered College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America distinction for the 15thconsecutive 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 eighth straight year.



SETON HALL PIRATES CLASS OF 2015
BASEBALL (7)
Sal Annunziata
Bronx, N.Y.
Tyler Boyd
Succasunna, N.J.
Dan Ditusa
St. Charles, Ill.
Anthony Elia
Flanders, N.J.
Alex Falconi
Freeport, N.Y.
Kyle Grimm
Bergenfield, N.J.
D.J. Ruhlman
Belle Meade, N.J.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (4)
Sterling Gibbs
Scotch Plains, N.J.
Haralds Karlis
Riga, Latvia
Stephane Manga
Orleans, France
Brandon Mobley
Savannah, Ga.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2)
Chizoba Ekedigwe
Laurel, Md.
Jordan Mosley
Orlando, Fla.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (3)
Tyler Orner
Summa Cum Laude
Sinking Spring, Pa.
John Walsh
Summa Cum Laude
Deltaville, Va.
Kevin Walsh
Magna Cum Laude
Deltaville, Va.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (2)
Mary Migton
Summa Cum Laude
Ledgewood, N.J.
Felicia Mingrone
Magna Cum Laude
Shelton, Conn.
MEN'S GOLF (1)
JT Harper
Pebble Beach, Calif.
WOMEN'S GOLF (3)
McKenzie Cutter
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Ali Kruse
Summa Cum Laude
Overland Park, Kan.
Erin McClure
Magna Cum Laude
Tucson, Ariz.
MEN'S SOCCER (10)
Bolu Akinyode
Lagos, Nigeria
Mateusz Brela
Magna Cum Laude
Kielce, Poland
Mario DeClerico
Maple Shade, N.J.
Kai Greene
South Orange, N.J.
Andrew LoManto
Massepequa Park, N.Y.
Victor Manosalvas
Magna Cum Laude
Clifton, N.J.
Alex Megna
Hales Corners, Wisc.
Konrad Plewa
Cum Laude
Maniowy, Poland
Jason Wellington
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Jeremy Witherspoon
South Orange, N.J.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (6)
Rachel Friedman
Cum Laude
Bridgewater, N.J.
Mikayla Hickey
Cum Laude

Salem, N.H.
Kristin Kosch
Mahwah, N.J.
Kristina Meier
Cum Laude
Paramus, N.J.
Peggy Nicolle
Wenonah, N.J.
Angie Shehaj
East Brunswick, N.J.
MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (3)
Richard Lessard
Wethersfield, Conn.
James Logan
Cum Laude
Wallingford, Pa.
Ben Mitchell
Milford, Pa.
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (3)
Sarah Dougherty
Magna Cum Laude
Waterford, N.Y.
Gabi Levine
Cum Laude
Garwood, N.J.
Megan Mostoller
Magna Cum Laude
Cheshire, Conn.
SOFTBALL (7)
Sam DeMasi
Cum Laude
Lockport, Ill.
Danielle DeStaso
Cum Laude
Congers, N.Y.
Sara Haefeli
Montclair, N.J.
Whitney Jones
Cum Laude
Skowhegan, Maine
Casey Moses
Magna Cum Laude
Lower Burrell, Pa.
Jordan Moses
Lower Burrell, Pa.
Kaylyn Sanbower
Magna Cum Laude
Etters, Pa.
WOMEN'S TENNIS (2)
Anna Guryanova
Cum Laude                                                  
Moscow, Russia
Madison Shoemaker
Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia
VOLLEYBALL (5)
Sam Duncan
Summa Cum Laude
Tucson, Ariz.
Jamie Froning
Magna Cum Laude
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Shelbey Manthorpe
Magna Cum Laude
Merion Station, Pa.
Stacey Manthorpe
Magna Cum Laude
Merion Station, Pa.
Ashani Rubin
Philadelphia, Pa.