One of three Bison players from Serbia, Rade Joksimovic ’ 20 is making a big
splash on the intercollegiate water polo scene.
Joksimovic’s awards from his first season would equal most players’ career
records. They include 16 weekly awards from the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo
Conference, eight conference rookie of the week and four player of the week
awards, as well as East Region Player and Rookie of the Year honors.
He also was named Bucknell’s first All-American in water polo — a third-team selection — since Scott Schulte ’81 in 1980. Joksimovic finished
with 154 goals, second-highest in program history, and 30 assists for 184
points. Joksimovic also helped the team, which included fellow Serbs Marko
Djordjevic ’ 19 and Ratimir Babic ’ 17, to excel in ways it hadn’t in more than
“Individual awards are great, but I was more happy that we did something as
a team we haven’t done in a while,” Joksimovic says. The Bison went 23-5, the
most wins for the program since 1985, earning the conference’s eastern region
title and finishing seventh at the NCAA championships.
Joksimovic came to Bucknell from Novi Sad, about an hour from Belgrade
in water-polo-crazed Serbia. He began playing at 7 and competed with the
Serbian national team for six years, a remarkable feat in a nation where kids
grow up wanting to play water polo for the international powerhouse that won
gold at last summer’s Rio Olympics.
“You have to be extremely talented to make the national team, but it’s not
everything,” Joksimovic says. “You have to have the will to learn and develop
into a world-class water polo player. You have to give up your entire childhood
and spill blood, sweat and tears so you can possibly make a living as a water
Joksimovic called his first year playing water polo at Bucknell one of the
greatest experiences of his life. It’s exciting to speculate what the future
holds for this first-year student who turned in one of the greatest seasons in
program history. — William Bowman
Rade Joksimovic ’ 20
to speak at
ournalist and author Fareed Zakaria
will address the Class of 2017
at Bucknell University’s 167th
Commencement on May 21.
The host of CNN’s flagship foreign-affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS,
Zakaria is also a weekly columnist for
The Washington Post and a New York
Times-bestselling author. His latest
book, In Defense of a Liberal Education,
argues for the continued relevance of
the liberal arts in the face of increasing
political criticism and focus on job-readiness.
“Fareed Zakaria has traveled the
path on which our graduates are about
to set out: the search for personal
and professional success built on the
foundation of a liberal arts education,”
says Bucknell President John Bravman.
“In addition to championing the liberal
arts, Mr. Zakaria possesses a vast
knowledge of public affairs, and I believe
the members of the Class of 2017 will
benefit greatly from his insights and
perspective on the world around us.”
Commencement will be held on the
Malesardi Quadrangle Sunday, May 21,
beginning at 10 a.m. For those unable to
attend, the ceremony will be live streamed.
The ceremony will also be shown in Trout
Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature
Building. For a complete schedule of
Commencement events, registration and
general information, visit bucknell.edu/
Commencement. — Matt Hughes
Rade Joksimovic ’ 20 helps the water polo team paddle to success.