Two of the top honorees at today's procession were women's soccer's Serena Allen and Cross Country/Track & Field's Colton Popp. They both graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biology. Former women's basketball player Kori Penland was also a Magna Cum Laude grad, earning her degree in Education.
Gordon Rudell (men's tennis), Shaina Singh (women's tennis) and Jenni Martin (softball) all earned Cum Laude honors. Ruddell and Singh were Biology majors while Martin finished her degree in Health & Human Performance.
"This is the end of a long journey that included a lot of hard work and a commitment to comprehensive excellence on the part of our student-athletes," stated Director of Athletics Rick Hart. "However, it is just the beginning of the next chapter of their lives. Our coaches and staff have done an excellent job guiding, encouraging and supporting them along the way and I know they will be excellent representatives of our program and our University."
Many of the student-athletes and their families gathered for the traditional reception in the Hall of Fame room prior to the Commencement at McKenzie Arena today. Be sure to check out the included photo gallery and check back later for video from today's graduation ceremonies.
Ryan Consiglio - Health & Human Performance S
Nick Craig - Business Administration
Thomas Green - Chemistry
Chris Harr - Health & Human Performance S
Robert Harrison - Business Administration
Will Hewitt - Business Administration S
T.J. Hurless - Civil Engineering
De'Markus Lee - Business Administration
Jesse LoScudo - Engineering Technology Management S
Jordan Tippit - Health & Human Performance
Jeff Veres - Business Administration S
Austin Wilson - Business Administration
Stephan Jaeger - Psychology
Serena Allen - Biology - Magna Cum Laude
Gordon Rudell - Biology - Cum Laude
Ellie Kuhn - Business Administration
Additional Staff Members
Nate Blythe - Sports Information Assistant - M.B.A.
Adam Chinery - Athletic Trainer - Health & Human Performance M.S.
Countess Davis - Athletic Trainer - Health & Human Performance M.S.
Austin Plemons - Football Student Assistant - Health & Human Performance S
S - Summer Graduate