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Mark Boiko Pursues a Life of Significance Through a Career in Law Enforcement

Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services Department

Boiko with Trammell and Vince

Jack Trammell, Mark Boiko and Joe Vince

Shining stars typically only race across the nighttime sky once, and then they are gone forever.  At Mount St. Mary’s University, however, some stars shine repeatedly.  Mark Boiko, C’23, a recent graduate of the Mount’s criminal justice program, is a case in point.

boiko-graduation-dec-23-in-text-cropped.jpg“I knew there was something special the first time I met Mark,” Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services Department Chair Jack Trammell, Ph.D., remembers.  “He was friendly, smart and intense.  There was a real sense of purpose there.”

Not all criminal justice majors complete an internship, but Boiko pursued a summer opportunity with the Ocean City Police Department and within a few weeks was well on his way to a future law enforcement career.  An initial class of 117 candidates became a final summer class of 32.  Boiko excelled and immediately drew the attention of his superiors.

“We are proud of Mark's desire to ‘protect and serve,’ his mother Michelle Boiko said at the time. “We pray that Saint Michael, the patron saint of officers, always watches over him.”  At this point, Mark was still a junior at the Mount.

Upon graduation, Boiko entered the training academy for the Montgomery County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Department as an officer boiko-with-trammell-and-vince-in-text.jpgcandidate.  Once again, he excelled.  He was chosen to address the graduating class on December 14 and received the Class Speaker’s Award when the academy class took their oath and officially completed their training.

“Mark emphasized in his address to his fellow graduates that motivation only takes a person so far, but that coupled with discipline you can go all the way to success,” said Lecturer Joe Vince. “He spoke of learning the importance of diversity and boiko-graduation-speaker.jpginclusion to accomplish the goal of protecting the entire community.”  Vince attended the ceremony along with Trammell, Mount alumni and Boiko's teammates on the NCAA Division I swimming and diving team Ethan Pham, C'21, MSB'22, and Peter Jones, C'22, MBA'23, and seminarian Benedict Radich, team chaplain to the swimming and diving team.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Mark,” Michelle Boiko said after the ceremony.

Mark Boiko will serve as a deputy sheriff in Montgomery County.  He has chosen to pursue the path of living a life of significance in service to God and others using the building blocks that the Mount provided.

 

Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services Department