Upbeat graduates say so long to UMES

  • Friday, December 12, 2014

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD- (Dec. 12, 2014) - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore awarded 314 degrees at today's winter graduation, sending the Class of 2014 into a vastly improved job market.

    Shelton Handy, Blessing Aroh & Monica Dore - Class of 2014Shelton Handyof Centreville, Md., the graduate who delivered the student commentary on behalf of his classmates, has a job waiting as a math teacher at nearby Washington High School.

    Monica Doreof Parksley, Va., a Richard A. Henson Honors program scholar, starts work Monday with the National Atmospheric and Space Administration's Wallops Flight Facility. She'll be putting what she learned as an engineering student to work on designing aircraft systems.

    "I've always been interested in math and science," Dore said. "I find it challenging and fulfilling to take on difficult problems and to find solutions."

    Her Henson program classmate Sarra Malik of Sudan will resettle in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has accepted a job offer from Booz Allen Hamilton, an internationally renowned consulting firm. She credits participation in a Thurgood Marshall College Fund leadership seminar that UMES arranged for her to attend with helping her find the job.

    Michael Ververkaof Brunswick, Md. is the Henson program's first PGA golf management major to graduate, and he already is working at Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisonburg, Va. - and coaching the women's golf team at Bridgewater (Va.) College.

    Chidi Omerennahof Upper Marlboro received a degree in criminal justice with honors and has been accepted in the Howard University law school's next class.

    "I really want to help others and make this world a little better place," she said. "I feel like I can do that if I become a lawyer."

    Graduate school is also in Ujala Noman's plans. The accounting major from Canada finished her studies at UMES with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and will enroll in Detroit's Wayne State University, where she will pursue Certified Public Accountant credentials and then return to the Eastern Shore.

    Blessing Arohof Berlin received her second UMES degree, but has the distinction of being the university's first graduate to earn a Master of Science in chemistry.

    Aroh's goal is to go to medical school, where she wants to train as a pediatric researcher focusing on finding cures for infectious diseases such as HIV. Her next stop is being a lab assistant at Howard University, where she will be involved in prostate cancer research.

    Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele delivered the commencement address at the 18th December graduation ceremonies held in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center.

    Steele gave perhaps history's shortest college commencement speech - six words.

    "It's ugly out there. Good luck," he said and sat down.

    He waited a moment, smiled, and then stepped back to the podium.

    "You just got your first lesson in what comes next - the unexpected," Steele said.

    Steele then delivered a traditional