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Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates!

Three graduate students and five undergraduate students of the Department of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park, have graduated in May 2016. Talia Chicherio, Inna Kunz, and Robert Santucci have graduated with Masters of Arts degrees in Classics. Emily Billett, Laurel Fresquez, Sean Jones, Liora Miller Knizhnik, and Bryan Toth have graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Classics.

In addition to those graduating, several students received awards from the department at the ceremony.

Undergraduate student Jonathan Clark received the Avery Prize for excellence in Latin, named for the department’s founder Dr. William Avery.

B.A. graduate Bryan Toth received the Hubbe Prize for excellence in Greek, named for Professor Emeritus Rolf Hubbe.

M.A. graduate Robert Santucci and Advanced Special Student Shannon Wooldridge received the Society for Classical Studies awards for Outstanding Students in Classical Studies.

B.A. graduate Emily Billett received the Classical Association of the Middle West and South’s (CAMWS) Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies.

The department would also like to thank Andryana Butts and Emily Toth for their work. Butts was a federal work study student, who helped with the official business of the department, and Toth was the department’s digital communications assistant, who helped the department with the website and media publications.

About our Masters of Arts graduates:

Talia Chicherio came across Latin at Oberlin College, where she received her B.A. in Classics and discovered her love of Ovid. She was the first Pellegri Scholar in Classics and, thanks to the grant from the NIAF, she researched the influence of Cicero’s political philosophy on the writers of the Federalist papers. She will teach Latin next year at the McLean School and at Montgomery Community College.

Inna Kunz is in fact already a Latin teacher on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she leads the Maryland Junior Classical League. She received her B.A. in Classics from the University of Michigan, where she discovered Lucretius and her own Epicurean identity. She is planning to take her students to the National Junior Classical League convention this summer in Indiana.

Robert Santucci was first introduced to Latin, like most of the graduates, in secondary education and he went on to receive his B.A. in Classics from Rutgers University, where he discovered his love for Seneca and his Moral Epistles. He is currently looking for a teaching job in Latin at a secondary school and aims to enter a Ph.D. program in the near future to continue developing his admiration for Seneca.

About our Bachelors of Arts graduates:

Emily Billett was introduced to Latin in high school and entered the university wanting to complete her Classical education with Greek. She was selected as an intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. and will now have a heroic nostos to consider her next adventure.

Laurel Fresquez became interested in Latin in middle school and decided to major in Classics upon entering the university, along with Communication. After having served as a tour guide and the president of the UMD Classics Club, she will be pursuing a J.D. degree at Harvard Law School, where she will continue to use her knowledge of Latin.

Sean Jones came to the university from Anne Arundel Community College and has graduated with a major in Classical Humanities. While here, he took a Classics course which led him to present a paper at the recent conference on the Klasiki Anthodesmi, ‘a Classical Bouquet,’ and which inspired him to pursue a degree in Museum Studies.

Liora Miller Knizhnik was so inspired by Classics classes that she switched from an Engineering major to the Classical Humanities major. Her interests have been centered around matters dealing with Classical reception and, while she looks for communications jobs in science and technology organizations, she hopes to combine both interests in science and classics.

Bryan Toth has been learning Latin since middle school and, having mastered the language in high school, branched out to learn Greek at the university. With another bachelor's degree in Computer Science, he will be working with a medical software company called Epic — where he will be constantly reminded of his education in Classical literature.