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Ever to Excel

138 senior student-athletes walked across the stage at graduation this May and your support made their BC experience possible. Click on each student-athlete below to learn more about their journey at the Heights and beyond as we welcome them as our newest alumni.

Claire Orzel

Women's Rowing

"My time at BC has been so formative. From developing myself athletically to challenging myself in the classroom to making lasting friendships and memories, I will always be grateful for my four years here and how BC helped me grow as a person. As my time here comes to an end, I feel ready to bring my skills and experiences out into the world knowing that BC has prepared me to be successful."


Newark, DE


Communications and English

Accomplishments at the Heights

Captain of rowing team, selected to train and race on BC Rowing's 2017 Europe trip (to Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and the Netherlands), member of the top boat in the program (the Varsity Eight), part of the Championship Eight that competed in the 2017 and 2018 Head of the Charles Regatta, part of the Varsity Eight that placed second overall at the 2018 Knecht Cup.

All-ACC Academic Team (all four years), Four years Athletic Director's Award for Academic Achievement, BC Dean's List

Postgraduate Employment:

Selected as an ACC Futures Intern working for FOX Sports Florida in the marketing department

Isaac Yiadom


"We are a family at Boston College. Justin Simmons was my teammate at BC and is now my teammate with the Broncos. His leadership helped me grow, and I have looked to be a leader and help develop the next wave of Eagles in Lucas (Dennis) and Will (Harris)."


Worcester, MA



Accomplishments at the Heights

53 tackles and second on the team with seven pass breakups in 2017, two interceptions his senior year. Part of a pass defense that tied for 12th nationally with 18 interceptions and ranked third nationally in pass efficiency defense in 2017 and in 2016 ranked in the top 10 in the country in eight categories, including ninth in total defense (314.2 yards/game), second in sacks (3.62 sacks/game) and 10th in turnovers gained (27)

Jay McGillis Award in the spring of 2017, given to the defensive back that best exemplifies the personal qualities of team dedication and leadership by example, an extraordinary competitive spirit and a personal concern for family, friends and teammates

Postgraduate Employment:

Signed professional football contract with the Denver Broncos (selected in the third round of NFL draft)

Asiya Dair

Women's Tennis

"The summer between my junior and senior year I obtained an internship in investment banking that turned into an offer for a full-time position post-graduation with UBS Bank in New York."


Almaty, Kazakhstan



Accomplishments at the Heights

2017-2018 ITA New England Senior Player of the Year, Named all four years to the All-ACC Third Team

Won Golden Eagle Award for Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Postgraduate Employment:

UBS Investment Bank

Drake Lyon

Men's Sailing

"At freshman orientation I was told to go and light the world aflame. I tried to make the most of every opportunity presented to me here at Boston College and couldn't be more grateful for the world-class education I received. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle!"


Grosse Pointe, MI


Finance and Entrepreneurship

Accomplishments at the Heights

The team has won three coed conference championships during my career here (2 spring and 1 Fall)

Dean's List, ACC Athletics Academic Honor Roll, Athletic Director's Academic Achievement Award

Postgraduate Employment:

Goldman Sachs

Katie Barrand

Women's Golf

"BC has been the best four years I could have asked for. I not only grew as an athlete and a student but as a person as well. I am incredibly excited to continue to serve through working in a low income school for the next two years in Nashville."


Beverly, MA


Political Science

Athletic Highlights at the Heights:

Captain of BC's Women's Golf team, won the New England golf association championship in 2016

Athletic Director Award for academic honors, 2X Deans List, ACC academic honors for 4 years.

Postgraduate Employment:

Teach for America in Nashville

Game Changers

Our student-athletes shine as leaders when the game is on the line. Faced with adversity, there are key moments that allow our Eagles to step up and change the game for BC Athletics.

Your investments in these young men and women provide opportunities to excel at Boston College. Hear more from their coaches as to why Tatiana, Harold, Kenzie and Ky are game changers and how they benefit from your philanthropy.


We have so many student-athlete stories to share! Here is a look back at some of our favorite videos highlighting the men & women you support with your gift to the Flynn Fund.

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