On a warmer-than-normal Patriot’s Day morning in Beantown, the ten-time PSAC Athlete of the Year set out to run her first marathon just two days after celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday. Gracey completed the prestigious women’s elite race at the 2016 Boston Marathon in ninth place, finishing as the top US female in the field.
Today, Manal Ibrahim is completing her master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in software engineering at Ship. She’s one of 100 international students from twenty-three different countries currently earning a degree on campus, according to Mary Burnett, director of International Programs. Although their paths to Ship vary, their goals follow the same theme—a better life, a challenge, an improvement, a new experience.