UT graduates 62 student athletes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/SUBMITTED) -- Sixty-two University of Tennessee student-athletes are participating this week in graduation ceremonies that began Wednesday and continue through Saturday. These graduates are on track to complete their degrees either this week or after summer semester.

“I’m extremely proud of our student-athletes that are graduating this weekend,” said director of women’s athletics Joan Cronan. “Our goal is to build champions while winning championships, and these student-athletes exemplify that mission, both in the classroom and the athletic arena.”

“This weekend is about the great accomplishment of all our graduates at the University of Tennessee,” said director of men’s athletics Mike Hamilton. “For our student-athletes, they have worked extremely hard in the classroom and should be very proud of earning their degrees.”

This year’s graduates include Turk McBride, C.J. Watson and Gibril Wilson, three former student-athletes who returned to campus and completed their degree requirements through the Thornton Center’s Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) program. Wilson lettered in football in the 2002-03 seasons. McBride and Watson were captains for their respective sports of football and men’s basketball, and both earned varsity letters from 2003-06.

The RAC program assists former student-athletes by providing advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internship opportunities, as well as use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.

The following is a list of 2011 Tennessee student-athlete graduates:

Baseball
Rob Catapano Political Science
Tyler Horne Psychology
D.J. Leffler Master’s in Education

Men’s Basketball
Josh Bone Psychology
John Fields Master’s in Sports Psychology
Melvin Goins Sociology
C.J. Watson Psychology (RAC)
Brian Williams Communication Studies

Women’s Basketball
Angie Bjorklund Psychology
Kelley Cain Marketing
Glory Johnson Global Studies
Sydney Smallbone Marketing & Logistics

Football
Minor Bowens* Logistics
Sam Edgmon Sport Management
Chris Eggert Sport Management
Art Evans Africana Studies
C.J. Fleming Sociology Criminal Justice
Nick Guess Logistics
Austin Johnson Communication Studies
Ben Lehning Sport Management
T.J. Marrs Logistics & Transportation
Turk McBride Sociology Criminal Justice (RAC)
Tauren Poole Sport Management
Shane Reveiz Communication Studies
Daryl Vereen Psychology
Gibril Wilson Sociology (RAC)

Women’s Golf
Lauren Spurlock Sport Management
Rebecca Watson Management

Rowing
Marissa Bell Journalism & Electronic Media
Rachel Dooley Journalism & Electronic Media
Ruth Ann Johnson Global Studies
Samantha Sedgwick Animal Science
Melissa Toms Journalism & Electronic Media

Soccer
Molly Delk Exercise Science
Julie Edwards Logistics
Tanya Emerson Child & Family Studies
Anna Fisher Sociology

Softball
Tiffany Huff Master’s in Education

Men’s Swimming and Diving
Mike DeRocco Judaic Studies & Religious Studies
Sean Letsinger Sport Management
Derek Paul Finance
Geoff Sanders Chemical Engineering
Chris Winchell Marketing
Michael Wright Studio Art

Women’s Swimming
Morgan Farrell Psychology
Jill Pierce College Scholars

Men’s Tennis
Boris Conkic Sport Management
Matteo Fago Economics
John-Patrick Smith Economics

Women’s Tennis
Rosalia Alda Spanish
Jennifer Meredith Sport Management

Men’s Track and Field
Alan Bachman Psychology
Minor Bowens* Logistics
Chris Rapp Civil Engineering
Peter Sigilai Psychology
Michael Spooner Communication Studies

Women’s Track and Field
Chardae Hancock Political Science
Brittany Jones Social Work
Holly Kane Journalism & Electronic Media
Brittany Sheffey Political Science
Kim White Sociology Criminal Justice

Volleyball
Nikki Fowler Marketing
Emily Steinbeck Kinesiology

*Bowens participated in both football and track and field.


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