13 Johns Hopkins senior athletes receive degrees early in special ceremony

10 members of men's lacrosse team, three track athletes are preparing for NCAA competitions this weekend

Image caption: Ten members of JHU's Final Four-bound men's lacrosse team received their diplomas in a special ceremony on Tuesday afternoon.

Credit: James VanRensselaer / Homewood Photography

Thirteen Johns Hopkins University senior athletes, including 10 members of the Final Four-bound Hopkins men's lacrosse team, received their diplomas during a special ceremony Tuesday afternoon, two days earlier than the rest of the Class of 2015.

Image caption: JHU distance runner Ashley Murphy is congratulated by Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels after receiving her diploma.

Image credit: James VanRensselaer / Homewood Photography

Scheduling conflicts would have prevented the athletes from participating in the universitywide commencement ceremony Thursday morning at Homewood Field. The men's lacrosse team will face Maryland in an NCAA tournament semifinal game Saturday in Philadelphia. Several members of the men's and women's track teams—including three seniors—will compete in the NCAA championship meet in Canton, New York, this weekend.

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Robert C. Lieberman (both in full regalia) presided over the ceremony, which was held in the Board of Trustees meeting room in Hodson Hall. The athletes' families and friends were invited to attend.

The graduating athletes were Phil Castronova (economics), Robert Enright (economics), Brady Faby (political science), Bronson Kelly (economics), John Kelly (economics), Drew Kennedy (political science), Michael Pellegrino (economics), Nikhon Schuler (economics), Eddie Schurr (international studies), and Wells Stanwick (political science), all members of the Blue Jays men's lacrosse team; and track athletes Michael Spadaro (applied mathematics and statistics), Frances Loeb (psychology), and Ashley Murphy (international studies).

"I understand you have some unfinished business off-campus," Lieberman joked during his remarks.

Daniels ended the official conferral of degrees with an unofficial but presidential "Go, Blue Jays!"