School of Public Health
My name is Alexandra Johnson, and I am graduating with a major in Community Health and a minor in Leadership Studies. I have been involved in many capacities at the University of Maryland, including serving as a peer educator, sorority chapter president, and an on-campus student worker and intern. This upcoming fall, I will be pursuing my master's degree in occupational therapy at Columbia University. I am so grateful for the mentors and friends that have supported me throughout my undergraduate experience and am so proud to graduate as a Terp!
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A. James Clark Engineering College
Amanda Sue Hobgood Wilmot is a senior aerospace engineering student with an international engineering minor. She is a member of the entrepreneurship & innovation, engineering, and aerospace engineering Honors programs. Amanda is currently an engineering senator, the Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Honor Society Initiation Officer, and the Design, Build, Fly subteam lead. She has also been the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WIAA) Outreach Chair, in FLEXUS, in Research Instruction Service and Entrepreneurship (RISE) and an aerospace, engineering, honors, and study abroad Teaching Fellow.
Broadcast Journalism, Leadership Studies Minor
Philip Merrill College of Journalism and Leadership Studies Program
Andi Wenck, University of Maryland 2020, is a Broadcast Journalism major and Leadership Studies minor. She’s also a student-athlete, goalkeeping for the University of Maryland women’s soccer team. Amidst her athletic career, Andi has interned with Maryland Athletics, WUSA9 and D.C. United's video production teams, donating her time, energy and passion to not only the University and its athletic programs, but also the surrounding community. Upon graduation, Andi will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue an MBA in Experience Design.
Operations Management & Business Analytics and Marketing
Robert H. Smith School of Business
Ariana Riske earned her two degrees in Operations Management and Business Analytics, along with Marketing, through the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ari is graduating after also completing three selective academic programs — the Honors Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, the Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams Honors Program (also known as QUEST), and the Strategic Design Fellowship. In addition to her studies, Ari served as Co-Chair of the Smith School's Dean's Student Advisory Council, and the Vice President of Events for the Smith Undergraduate Student Association. After graduating, Ari will be moving to Washington, D.C., where she will start a full position as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.
Environmental Science & Policy
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
Candela Cerpa is graduating with a degree in Environmental Science & Policy and a minor in GIS. Originally from Uruguay, she spent her time at the University of Maryland advocating for the Latinx community, undocumented students, and furthering the campus and local sustainability. After graduation, Candela hopes to pursue a career in natural disaster mitigation and management.
Public Leadership and Spanish Literature, Linguistics, and Culture
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Humanities and School of Public Policy
My name is Cayla Cwerner and I am a psychology major with minors in public leadership and Spanish literature, linguistics, and culture. I am thrilled to be continuing my education this upcoming fall at the University of Maryland as part of the School Counseling Master's Program. I hope to one day become a School Counselor in an elementary school.
Middle School Math and Science Education
College of Education
Christine Rhee is from Boyds, Maryland, and she is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Math and Science Education with a minor in Spanish. On campus, she has been actively involved as a Resident Assistant, an Orientation Advisor, a Senator in the University Senate, and a College of Education Ambassador. She has also served on the executive board for the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, where she was recognized as the 2020 Leader of the Year. This fall, Christine will begin pursuing her Master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Maryland.
Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice
I am Darian Ruffin, a local Marylander who has grown up in Prince George's County for all my life, having the spirit of a Terp ever since I was attending summer camps at UMD in elementary school. As a first-generation college student, coming to UMD provided me with a sense of home while taking on an experience that was entirely new to myself and my family. Following my undergraduate years as a Terp, after receiving my Bachelor's degree with majors in psychology and criminology/criminal justice, I will be pursuing a Master's in forensic psychology, hoping to advance myself toward a career in which I can utilize psychological knowledge in regard to criminal acts and their impacts. Although, due to an unforeseen global pandemic, my senior year may not be ending as expected, I will be a proud graduate of the University of Maryland Class of 2020.
International Business and Operations Management & Business Analytics
Doron is a senior from Olney, Maryland, graduating with a dual degree in International Business and Operations Management and a double minor in Spanish and Technology Entrepreneurship. Over his four years at UMD, he has been deeply involved in the Student Government Association, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the QUEST Honors program. After graduation, Doron will be pursuing a master’s in international management at Imperial College London to help him achieve his goal of improving economic inclusion of rural and indigenous populations in Latin America.
Elena LeVan is a graduating psychology major with extensive leadership experience and a passion for change. A member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, LeVan has held Executive Board positions with the Student Government Association, BSOS Dean's Student Advisory Council, Preventing Sexual Assault, Maryland Discourse, Girl Up, as well as in volunteer positions with the College Night program and the Maryland English Institute. In particular, she has excelled as a leader in the field of sexual misconduct prevention and advocacy, serving as the student government's Director of Sexual Misconduct Prevention, in addition to interning with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and holding a leadership position with Preventing Sexual Assault. LeVan is a Dean's List student and member of the Justice & Legal Thought Scholars program, and she plans to continue her work in sexual assault prevention post-graduation.
Public Policy and Communication
School of Public Policy and College of Arts and Humanities
Elmer Jonathan Garcia is a senior with dual degrees in Public Policy and Communication and a minor in Law and Society. Jonathan has focused his leadership to creating spaces that uplift marginalized identities. He has done this through his involvement with the School of Public Policy, NAACP, and Department of Resident Life.
Art History and Studio Art
College of Arts and Humanities
Emil is graduating with double majors in Art History and Studio Art. As a member of both departmental honors programs, as well as the University Honors College, they have worked throughout their senior year to create two theses: a body of visual work and a written thesis about queer comics. Their areas of interest include comics history, autobiography and memoir, and gender studies. They look forward to a career in museums, galleries, and institutions in hopes that they may teach and work to increase accessibility and appreciation of creative practice.
Computer Science, Operations Management
College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences
Jacqueline is a senior from Rockville, Maryland, pursuing a dual-degree in Computer Science, Operations Management and Business Analytics. This Gemstone and QUEST Honors Program mentor spends her free time hosting Maryland Survivor, engaging prospective students as a CMNS/CS/Honors/Gemstone and Smith School Ambassador, leading personal development events for Alpha Omega Epsilon as the sorority's Professional Chair, and giving tours of campus as a Maryland Images Campus Tour Guide. She is especially passionate about the work she does promoting equal representation in Computer Science through the Maryland Center for Women in Computing and Student Advisory Board for Inclusion and Diversity.
Journalism and Government & Politics
Philip Merrill College of Journalism and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Julianne Heberlein is graduating with a bachelor's degree in journalism and government and politics. During her time at UMD, she has held leadership positions in College Republicans, the Student Government Association, University Health Center Peer Education Program, Senior Council, and was the founder of the Mental Health Student Advisory Board. A native of Clarksburg, Maryland, Julianne will be working in political communication after graduation. In a few years, she plans to attend law school to pursue her dream of becoming an election lawyer.
Music Performance Minor
I am a French-American Communication Major and Music Performance Minor who has absolutely loved her time at the University of Maryland. As a member of ODK, brother of the Pi Sigma Epsilon business fraternity, singer in the UMD Choir, alum of the Media Scholars program and tour guide with Maryland Images, I have had the opportunity to befriend students and connect with faculty across varied domains on campus. I am completing my honors thesis while working part-time at The Kennedy Center and OBERLAND (an ad agency in New York). Post-graduation, I will be moving to Chicago for an Associate Consultant position with Adobe.
Public Policy and Spanish
I am a strong policy and communication professional, published columnist, and activist majoring in Public Policy and Spanish at the University of Maryland, College Park. I was in the Honors Humanities living and learning program, and earned my honors citation in 2018. I have helped run a successful Democratic campaign, held internships with the office of Congressman Jamie Raskin and the Environmental Protection Agency, been published in the Washington Post, and launched an organization at UMD to aid families of refugees.
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Kristen Edwards is a senior mechanical engineering student and a member of the University Honors and Global Fellows Program. During her time at the University of Maryland she has served as the Vice President of External Affairs for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Service Chair of Theta Tau, the sole student on the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Committee, a member of the Women in Engineering Student Advisory Board, a researcher in the Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing Lab, and a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi. Kristen is proud to represent the University and her class as the recipient of the Spirit of Maryland Award, the A. James Clark School of Engineering Dean's Award, and the Mechanical Engineering Chairman's Award. Upon graduation, Kristen will be pursuing a PhD at MIT where she will research machine learning and renewable energy to promote a sustainable future.
Secondary Education and English
College of Education & College of Arts and Humanities
I am a senior Secondary Education and English major. While at the University of Maryland, I participated in intramural sports, volunteered with research projects, joined the College of Education Senate Steering Committee, and interned at a Student Ambassador with the College of Education. After graduating, I plan to teach English in Maryland public schools at the secondary level. I aim to install a belief of self-respect, a motivation for self-growth, and a love for English Language Arts in all my future students.
Multiplatform Journalism and Public Policy
Philip Merrill College of Journalism and School of Public Policy
Maris Medina is currently a journalism and public policy student at the University of Maryland. As an aspiring visual journalist, she produces videos for The Diamondback, the award-winning video series ViewFinder, nonprofit Community Change, and the School of Public Health. She's especially passionate about — and hopes to cover — immigration, education policy, climate change, and women's rights. As a Filipina immigrant who moved to the states at 5 years old, she's driven to amplify the voices of marginalized individuals whom may otherwise not have their stories told.
Physiology and Neurobiology, Psychology
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
I am a senior majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology as well as Psychology with a minor in Health, Humanities, and Medicine. During my time at the University of Maryland, I was in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College and dedicated myself to many organizations across campus. I worked as a tour guide with Maryland Images, was an Honors Ambassador, worked a teaching assistant for multiple courses, was a team leader with America Counts, and volunteered with multiple community partners. In the future, I will be applying to medical school, but next year I will be working with the Literacy Lab, an AmeriCorps program in DC schools.
My name is Miguel Turcios and I am a first-generation college student whose parents originate from El Salvador. I am a member of the Incentive Awards Program (IAP), where I had the privilege to grow as an individual, connect deeply with others, and give back to my community. I am passionate about medicine, psychology, research, and personal growth. I am only 22 and so writing an autobiography feels off as I believe I have more to learn about myself; however, above all, I am thankful for my experiences at Maryland, as they fostered me to become who I am today.
Music Performance & Business Management
College of Arts & Humanities
Monica Panepento is graduating with a dual degree in music performance and business management. During college, she has served as Vice President of New Member Education for her sorority, President of the Maryland Music Business Society, and a Section Leader for HONR100 with University Honors. Most recently, she was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. She currently works for The Clarice as an arts ambassador and is excited to continue a career in marketing after graduation.
Economics and Government & Politics
Rahila Olanrewaju is an Economics and Government & Politics double-degree candidate with a minor in African Studies. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Rahila is passionate about economic development on a global scale. Her interests have led her to found the Financial Literacy Outreach and Training Program, the African Languages Association, and the African Studies Minor. Rahila Olanrewaju is an Economics and Government & Politics double-degree candidate with a minor in African Studies. She will join Deloitte as a Strategy & Operations Business Analyst in New York, where she will design solutions to global challenges in business growth, financial inclusion, and economic development.
School of Public Policy
My name is Raymond Nevo and becoming a Terp is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I am incredibly proud and honored to be a University Senator, president of the School of Public Policy Social Policy Council, member of Diversity Equity Belonging task force, housing policy advocate, and now a Senior Marshal award nominee. When I am not engaged in policy work, you can find me performing and teaching flying trapeze at TSNY-DC.
Aerospace Engineering (Minor: Military Studies)
My name is Samantha Howard and I am a fifth year senior, from the small town of Thornwood, New York. Upon graduating I will be commissioning into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and I will go onto Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. I have taken complete advantage of being a student on this campus and have taken part in many organizations and internships to better myself and my community. In my free time I like to fly, with my Private Pilot's License, travel to new places, and photograph my day-to-day experiences.
College of Information Studies
Sanjeev is from Stamford, Connecticut majoring in Information Science and minoring in General Business. During his four years at UMD, he was involved with the Maryland Men's Rowing Team, Alpha Phi Omega, Maryland Mauj, Maryland Images, and the iSchool. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, traveling, and attempting to cook! Upon graduation, Sanjeev will be working at Qualtrics in Provo, UT.
I am a History major with a concentration in American history. I originally intended to get my Master's in History at UMD as well, but after working as a history tutor for the Academic Achievement Program, I realized that my passion was for teaching history rather than researching it. Starting this June, I get to continue my education at UMD through the College of Education's one-year MCERT program to become a high school history teacher. Outside of education, I also work at RecWell, where I am very passionate about lifting weights and empowering other women to challenge themselves to become stronger and defy stereotypes.
Environmental Science and Policy
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
I am a native Marylander who has studied environmental science and economics for the last four years here at UMD. I hope to take with me what I have learned during my undergraduate years here so that I can pursue a career in restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. I hope to find solutions for problems that farmers, watermen and citizens face within the Chesapeake Bay watershed in ways that are more economically and environmentally efficient. I am a firm believer in preserving and bettering the world around us for future generations and so I am dedicating my life to doing so.
Government & Politics
School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Sasha Kahn is a graduating senior from Rockville, Maryland, with degrees in both architecture and government & politics. He spent his time at the University of Maryland advocating for students in various capacities within the University Senate and the Student Government Association. Sasha hopes to take the passion for disability rights advocacy that he cultivated at the University of Maryland and apply them in his future career as a lawyer. He will begin his journey by attending law school this fall.
Middle School Education Math and Science
Hello my name is Simone Hughes and I am a current senior at the University of Maryland studying education. I am born and raised in Prince George's County MD, and have been a Terp all my life. I grew up dreaming of going to Maryland like my Father and sister before me and had high hopes of pursuing a career that allowed me to give back to my community. Teaching has allowed me to do so, and I plan to be a teacher in county that I grew up in.
Environmental Science and Policy - Wildlife Ecology and Management
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
I am a Korean-American who loves the art and study of nature and animals. For the past two and a half years, I have been involved in honey bee research where I investigate the effects of a pesticide on bee physiology. In the future, I plan to continue my studies in graduate school and hope to research and teach as a professor.
Operations Management & Business Analytics
Minor in Law & Society
My name is Tram-Anh Tran and I am a senior at the Smith Business School studying Operations Management & Business Analytics. I am also enrolled in the Law & Society minor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and I intend to attend law school and work as a human rights lawyer. I am part of the University Honors program within the Honors College, and have been a Resident Assistant in Hagerstown Hall for 4 years. In my free time, I am highly active in the Vietnamese Student Association on campus and have held both the Treasurer and Executive Vice President positions.
Government & Politics and Broadcast Journalism
College of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Philip Merrill College of Journalism
I am the youngest of four children, born in Maryland and raised in Southeastern Virginia. My passions lie in a plethora of areas but I always come back to my love of journalism, literature and social justice. Within these topics, I focus on equity in education and the workplace, especially for students of color. After my time at Maryland ends, I will be working for a political communications firm while applying to law school, where I hope to hone in on my interest in constitutional law.
Wil is a Finance major from Damascus, Maryland. He follows a legacy of Terps in his family as his Mother and Uncle both completed their Undergraduate school at UMD and needless to say Maryland was the dream college for him out of high school. Wil is extremely active in the University community as a Wing on the Rugby team, VP of social programming on the Senior Council, 3 years of experience as a Teaching Assistant, and an active member in the Hinman CEOs living/learning program. Next year Wil will pursue his Masters in Finance also from the Robert H. Smith School of Business!
Physiology & Neurobiology
College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Will was raised between Nairobi, Kenya and Rockville, Maryland, where he developed a love for travel and an enthusiasm for learning -- he is now graduating from the University of Maryland Honors College with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology, and a minor in History. In his time with the University, Will has had the pleasure to serve as Vice President of RHA and Resident Assistant at Hagerstown Hall, Music Director of an an a cappella group, and Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Though he will be sad to leave Maryland's beautiful campus, Will is excited to teach high school chemistry for the next few years in San Francisco, while he earns a Masters of Education. In the years after teaching, Will intends to pursue Medical School, and ultimately hopes to combine his interests in education and medicine!