Katalin Marosi was presented with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree on February 16 during a virtual degree presentation shown live on video conference in Whitewater Hall Lobby First Richmond Bank Tech Zone.
IU East Chancellor Kathy Cruz-Uribe and Executive Vice Chancellor Michelle Malott presented the diploma to Marosi, who lives in Hungary.
Marosi is one of 20 Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players enrolled at IU East through an educational agreement between the campus and the women’s professional tennis organization. Marosi retired from playing professional tennis in 2017.
She is one of five WTA players to graduate under the agreement. Marosi completed her coursework at the end of the fall semester in December 2017. She enrolled at IU East in summer 2014. Also graduating in December was Sloane Stephens. Stephens was presented with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies degree on Dec. 14 at IU East. IU East alumnae from the WTA include Venus Williams, Alla Kudryavtseva and Irina Falconi.
“My childhood dream was to earn a university degree in psychology and ultimately become a psychologist,” Marosi said. “I chose to pursue my tennis career first, as I thought it would be too difficult to play tennis professionally while taking university level classes at the same time. I started attending college in Brazil during a break from professional tennis but once I returned to the courts, I needed to suspend those studies for the time being.”
Marosi said earning her degree will move her closer to her goal of working with athletes as a mental coach.
“I am so grateful to the WTBA, WTA and Indiana University East for providing me with this opportunity, and I feel blessed to be able to complete my degree in psychology,” Marosi said. “On top of the pride I feel holding this diploma, I also cherish many memories while I was studying at IU East. Through the course of my studies, I gave birth to my first son and was able to spend the first precious years with him. I also enjoyed many wonderful moments working with my professors and classmates at IU East.”
IU East and the Women’s Tennis Benefits Association have an agreement that establishes IU East as the primary provider for baccalaureate online degree completion programs for WTA players.
The agreement provides the opportunity for players to professionally train and play tennis while completing their bachelor’s degree online. IU East’s online degree completion programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 14 options for students to complete their bachelor’s degree or certificate online.
IU East Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe welcomed Marosi to the alumni family of more than 10,000.
“We are proud to present Katalin with her diploma today,” Cruz-Uribe said. “She has worked extremely hard to accomplish her goals – as a professional athlete, a mother, wife and as a student. We are honored that she chose IU East to earn her degree and we look forward to seeing what she will accomplish in the future.”
Marosi posted a career win-loss record of 393-297 in singles and 358-297 in doubles play on both the WTA Tour and ITF circuit over her 22-year career. She appeared in 80 finals, earning 15 singles and 31 doubles titles on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Circuit. She represented Hungary throughout her career, garnering a 15-13 record in Fed Cup competition.
Marosi earned a trip to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as a member of Team Hungary, reaching the quarterfinals in doubles after falling in the first round of singles competition. Her best result at a Grand Slam came in a third-round finish at the 2000 Australian Open doubles competition. She also reached the third-round in mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2013. She took the entire 2014 season off following the birth of her son. She returned to doubles competition in 2015, collecting three more wins before her official retirement in 2017.
The Women’s Tennis Benefits Association (WTBA) is a non-profit organization, established to promote and protect the common interests of all women tennis professionals (the “Members”) and to unite them in a single representative organization. The Organization’s primary activities are to administer and manage the retirement plan investments and other assets owned by or on behalf of the Members; to oversee the Member Health Insurance and Disability; and to offer “Transitions” Educational Programming.
About the WTA:
The WTA is the global leader in women’s professional sport with more than 2,500 players representing nearly 100 nations competing for a record $146 million in prize money. The 2018 WTA competitive season includes 54 events and four Grand Slams in 30 countries. In 2017, the WTA was watched around the world by a total TV audience of 500 million. The 2018 WTA competitive season concludes with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global from October 21-28, 2018 and the Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai, China from October 30-November 4, 2018. Further information on the WTA can be found at www.wtatennis.com, facebook.com/WTA and twitter.com/WTA.
About IU East and IU East Online Programs
Indiana University East has an enrollment of nearly 4,500 students. IU East is both a traditional campus that excels in innovative learning options and a virtual campus with select online degree completion programs. The university’s customized bachelor’s and master’s programs – a portfolio of over 50 degree program options – anticipate the growing needs of citizens in the region, state and nation.
IU East’s online degree programs offer the high quality of an Indiana University degree to students throughout Indiana, nationally and internationally. IU East offers 11 options for students to complete their bachelor’s degree online in English with an emphasis in Technical and Professional Writing, Mathematics, Natural Science and Mathematics with a Mathematics Concentration, Communication Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Psychology, General Studies, and an RN to BSN Mobility Option. IU East also offers a Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics.