UMBC Athletics Releases First Ever “Senior Yearbook”

UMBC Athletics Releases First Ever “Senior Yearbook”

BALTIMORE - UMBC Athletics is pleased to present its first "Senior Yearbook". This yearbook honors the student-athletes who are Spring 2020 graduates by listing their majors, minors, post-graduate plans and graduating honors. 

The full yearbook can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Graphics highlighting each graduate were posted on the UMBC Athletics social media pages (@UMBCAthletics). 

Our graduating class features: 

  • 58 Student-Athletes representing all 17 varsity programs (all with multiple graduates)

  • 3 Valedictorian nominees 

    • Abbey Farmer (Women's Swimming & Diving)

    • Kennedy Lamb (Softball)

    • Ilia Rattsev (Men's Swimming & Diving)

  • 19 Graduating with Honors

    • 2 Summa Cum Laude (graduating with a GPA between 3.95 and 4.0)

    • 9 Magna Cum Laude (graduating with a GPA between 3.75 and 3.9499)

    • 8 Cum Laude (graduating with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.7499)

  • 14 Programs had at least one student-athlete graduate with Honors

  • Multiple Programs had three student-athletes graduate with Honors

    • Men's Cross Country/Track & Field

      • Brad Arbaugh (Cum Laude)

      • Brian Cave (Magna Cum Laude)

      • Miles Smith (Magna Cum Laude)

    • Women's Swimming & Diving

      • Abby Biddulph (Cum Laude)

      • Brittany Coughlin (Magna Cum Laude)

      • Abbey Farmer (Magna Cum Laude)

    • Men's Lacrosse

      • Mitchell Howell (Magna Cum Laude)

      • Danny Isaac (Cum Laude)

      • Brett McIntyre (Magna Cum Laude)

    • Both of Softball's graduating student-athletes graduated with Honors

      • Valerie Hammet (Cum Laude)

      • Kennedy Lamb (Summa Cum Laude)


Director of Athletics Brian Barrio has shared the following letter with UMBC's student-athletes:

Retrievers' Class of 2020, 

You have arrived at the end of your college journey – the undergraduate portion anyway, and the world you are walking into looks different than the one you left when you arrived on campus back in 2015 or 2016.  In fact, you're not "walking" at all – you finished your academic experience here virtually, like no graduating class before you.

In your time at UMBC, you experienced unforgettable highs – multiple America East Championships across many sports; the thrilling win over Virginia in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament that lifted spirits and changed the perception of our school forever, and the opening of our magnificent Event Center that transformed the student-athlete experience at UMBC. You have now also faced an unprecedented challenge – the pandemic that stole your senior spring and leaves the coming days and months shrouded in uncertainty.

My hope and expectation is that the highs and lows you experienced here at UMBC leave you well prepared for the highs and lows you can expect in your career and in your life.  Leave here with the understanding that, just like the euphoria of a championship is fleeting as you turn the page and prepare for the next season, the serious challenges you see in the world you are entering will pass as well.  Your UMBC education, and the work ethic and accountability you have honed as a Retriever student-athlete, will serve you well as you carry through to the next stretch of great days that are waiting for you in the future.

Today I thank you all for contributing to the inclusive, positive, culture that makes UMBC so special to all of us.  As you move from being a student, and a student-athlete, to being an Alumna or Alumnus, remember that you remain a key part of our campus community.  When you're a Retriever, you're a Retriever for life. I look forward to welcoming you back and hearing about the next chapter in your story when you return to campus for a game or visit. 

Thank you again, and congratulations from all of us in Retriever Athletics!