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Seton Hall University Student-Athletes Celebrate 2012 Commencement

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seton Hall University celebrated its 155th commencement on Monday, May 21, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., and 48 SHU student-athletes walked across the stage as members of the Class of 2012.

The women's soccer team boasted the most members of this year's graduating class with eight student-athletes receiving their diplomas. The baseball team featured seven graduates, women's swimming and diving had six, the men's soccer team had four, men's swimming & diving, men's basketball, softball and volleyball each had three graduates, the women's tennis, men's cross country, men's golf and women's basketball teams each had two and women's cross country and women's golf featured one apiece.

The commencement ceremony highlighted one very special addition with former student-athlete Marteese Robinson. Robinson, who played baseball for the Pirates from 1985-87, helped lead the team to the 1987 BIG EAST Championship and was inducted into the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science in Social and Behavioral Sciences on Monday afternoon.a

The Seton Hall University Department of Athletics has seen a number of individual and team academic accolades bestowed on its student-athletes during the 2011-12 academic year.

Graduating on Monday were the Pirates' pair of BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year nominees in baseball's Dale Anderson (Alberta, Canada) and volleyball's Meghan Matusiak (Winfield, Ill.), along with the three Seton Hall Senior Scholar Athletes of the Year in women's swimming's Amy Bonistalli (Naperville, Ill.), women's soccer's Wiebke Balcke (Potsdam, Germany) and John Dawson Neufeld (Calgary, Alberta) of the men's golf team. Balcke graduated wtih Top Honors in the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy.

Additionally, Ashley Beamish (Buffalo, N.Y.) and Neufeld received CoSIDA Capital One First-Team Academic All-District II honors, while the women's soccer team 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) Fall All-Academic honors.

A total of 30 student-athletes in the Class of 2012 boasted at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average. Five graduates earned Summa Cum Laude honors, eight were Magna Cum Laude and 10 received Cum Laude honors.


WOMEN'S SOCCER (8) Wiebke Balcke
  Ashley Beamish
  Elizabeth Bond
  Christina Cinelli
  Chelsea King
  Caitlyn Milazzo
  Meghan Milazzo
  Taylor Wilson
BASEBALL (8) Dale Anderson
  Michael Betz
  George Fernandez
  Chase Gray
  Benny Mejia
  Marteese Robinson
  Will Walsh
  Henry Warner
WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (6) Amy Bonistalli
  Kaitlyn Karl
  Marilyn Purvis
  Megan Rathbun
  Kaley Swider
  Rose Virgilio
MEN'S SOCCER (4) Joe Baker
  Bradley Kerstetter
  Giovanni Zammiello
  Michael Dietze
  Herb Pope
  Jordan Theodore
VOLLEYBALL (3) Meghan Bonk
  Meghan Matusiak
  Krissy Wrobel
MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING (3) Pete Gingeleskie
  Matt Holland
  Will Penny
SOFTBALL (3) Laura Canulli
  Kristen Kaelin
  Nicole Loewenstein
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (2) Tajay Ashmeade
  Jasmine Crew
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (2) Erik Chester
  Andrew O'Leary
WOMEN'S TENNIS (2) Courtney Kilarski
  Elizabeth Verow
MEN'S GOLF (2) John Dawson Neufeld
  Troy Spencer
WOMEN'S GOLF (1) Nicole Longobardo
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY (1) Jehmessah Walker