POUGHKEEPSIE, New York - Marist graduating seniors were honored at the 2017 Baccalaureate Ceremony held May 19 in the Our Lady of Wisdom Seat Chapel. All three athletics representatives recognized in the ceremony studied in the School of Science.

Senior Meaghan Gillespie was presented with the Glenn Marinelli Award for Excellence in Athletic Training. Named in honor of former Marist Coordinator of Sports Medicine Glenn Marinelli, the award recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement in the study of athletic training at Marist College. Glenn passed away in 2014 after a long and courageous fight against cancer.

Gillespie has volunteered medical services at the New York City and Boston marathons and has been a member of the Athletic Training Club, Campus Ministry and the Social Work Association. She recently passed the National Board of Certification exam for athletic training and will work with Professional Physical Therapy after graduation.

Women's rowing senior Julia Czarnecki earned the CH Energy Group Award for Excellence In Environmental Science & Policy. Named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team, she also received the Collegiate Rowing Coaches' Association National Scholar Award. She will graduate with a bachelor's degree in environmental science along with minors in mathematics and biology. This fall Czarnecki will pursue a graduate degree in environmental engineering at the University of Connecticut.

The Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Award for Excellence in Biology went to men's soccer senior Jae Wong. Wong earned the President's Academic Achievement Award at this year's Marist Athletics Senior Banquet on May 1. The honor recognizes the male and female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average. Wong will graduate summa cum laude with a major in biomedical science and dual minors in chemistry and psychology. He intends to further his education and pursue a career as a physician.  

Marist will begin its 71st Commencement Exercises at 10:30 a.m. May 20. The ceremony will be streamed live here.