More Than A Dozen Hawks Graduate At Winter Commencement
Dec. 23, 2016

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On Dec. 16, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore saw 318 students receive their degrees at the winter commencement after listening to an inspiring speech from guest speaker Tinisha Agramonte, a highly regarded Civil Rights Champion.

Among the graduates, several Hawks were recognized for their academic accomplishments.

“Every semester, I am impressed by the fine young people that represent this University not only as student-athletes, but as graduates,” said Keith Davidson, Director of Athletics. “I am proud of those young men and women who came to Maryland Eastern Shore to not only represent our school in competition, but most importantly, to get a degree and prepare themselves for life after college. Graduation is the culmination of all their hard work and dedication that they gave to the University, their families, friends and to themselves.”

From the School of Graduate Studies, former Hawks Talareah Campbell and Aaron Chatmon each received their Master of Education in Counselor Education.

Campbell and Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.) joins a long list of Hawks who have graduated under Coach Fred Batchelor since his arrival to The Shore in 2004.

“Congratulations to Talareah and Taylor on earning their degrees,” said Batchelor. “It is a wonderful privilege to recruit young women to attend this fine university and be able to watch them grow. I am proud and blessed to serve as a mentor to all our players.”

After earning her bachelor's degree in Sociology (May 2010), Campbell returned to work in athletics as the Coordinator of Student Athlete Services.

For Chatman, he also joins an equally long list who have earned their degree while being coached under Ernest Barrett. Coach Barrett, who entered his 16th season at The Shore, is the longest tenure head coach in any program for the Hawks.

“We have done a great job with graduating our student-athletes,” said Barrett. “The five track & field student-athletes who graduated are a testament to our commitment to academic success. I am extremely proud of the direction our athletics department has been going with the academic support.”

The other student-athletes graduating from the track & field program include Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.) Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), Jasmine Sampson (Coatesville, Pa.) and Devin Wynn (Baltimore).

During the graduation ceremonies, four student-athletes graduated with honors.

Summa Cum Laude (3.700 to 4.000)

Andjela Reljic (Women’s Volleyball)

Magna Cum Laude (3.500 to 3.699)

Rachel Halmon (Track & Field)

Will Turley (Baseball)

Cum Laude (3.300 to 3.499)

Norman Blanco (Men’s Golf)

Other student-athletes graduating included:


Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.)


Melequa King (Upper Marlboro, Md.)


Crystal Crook (Clinton, Md.) – Track & Field and Tennis

“We recruit student-athletes who want to earn a degree, which is why we have been so fortunate to have the highest graduation success rate in our conference for eight straight years,” added Davidson. “When we recruit our future Hawks and they step on campus, we take special care of them with our academic department to make sure they reach graduation.  Graduation day is like a championship day for us, especially for our Assistant Athletic Director of Academics Collene Dean, who works so hard to make sure our Hawks reach their goal of obtaining a degree.  When our department sees these student-athletes walk across that stage, we celebrate like any other championship, because after all, they just got the best trophy, their diploma.”

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