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UMES Commencement Includes Pioneers of Golf Being Honored

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md - In addition to the 335 students who were graduating, The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore also honored two pro golf athletes.

Calvin Peete and James Black, who were among the first African-Americans to integrate professional golf, received presidential medallions during this year's winter commencement.

For some of the students, it was an honor for them to have someone so influential in the same building with them.

"Those guys. They paved the way. Calvin Pete, before tiger woods. One of the greatest African-American golfers I look up to. And James Black is right behind them. Pioneer for black golfers," says Richard Sheppard Jr., a golf management graduate.

As for the other students, they tell WMDT that graduation is just the first step.

"I'm about to go into the real world, I'm excited. I don't know what's next, I'm just ready to take on another journey and open another chapter. I've worked very hard so I'm proud of myself and everyone else I'm here with and graduating with. it's so much running through my head I'm very overwhelmed," says Shana Washington, a human ecology graduate.

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