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Sixty-One Student-Athletes Earn Degrees from Clemson on Friday

Sixty-One Student-Athletes Earn Degrees from Clemson on Friday

May 11, 2012

Photo Galleries: 9:30 AM Ceremony | 2:00 PM Ceremony | 6:30 PM Ceremony | Receptions

CLEMSON, SC – Sixty-one Clemson student-athletes received undergraduate degrees on Friday over the course of three graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum. The list included 12 members of Clemson’s ACC Championship football team and 10 members of Clemson’s top 20 rowing team.

The list of football players earning a degree, included former All-American Justin Miller, who earned his degree eight years after he played his final game for the Tigers. Miller, who turned professional after his junior year, returned to Clemson to earn his degree in sports management. He joins Michael Dean Perry, Levon Kirkland and Lucas Glover on the list of All-America athletes who have returned to Clemson to get their degrees after or during their professional careers.

Also earning an undergraduate degree today were active Clemson football players Xavier Brewer and Brandon Ford. That will give Clemson five current football players who have their degrees when the Tigers open the 2012 season against Auburn in the Georgia Dome. Dalton Freeman, Rashard Hall and Jaron Brown earned degrees earlier. More could be added to the list after the August graduation.

Two Clemson men’s basketball players and four women’s basketball players earned undergraduate degrees on Friday. Andre Young and Catalin “Bobo” Baciu walked across the stage in the facility where they performed for the Tigers basketball team the last four years. They join classmates Tanner Smith and Bryan Narcisse as Clemson graduates off this year’s team.

The Lady Tigers who earned degrees on Friday included Lauren Couch, Lindsey Welker.

Women’s track athlete Alyssa Kulik, one of the most decorated athletes at Clemson, also earned her degree on Friday. Kulik, the ACC Steeplechase champion this year, also won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship last week, one of just three Clemson athletes honored.

The Clemson men’s swimming program had eight graduates on Friday, including Seth Broster, a chemical engineering major who won an NCAAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year.

The story of the day belonged to Clemson women’s tennis athletes Josipa Bek and Keri Wong. The tennis players began the day helping Clemson to a 4-0 victory over Arizona State in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament in Athens, GA. It was Bek’s 223rd career win, tying Jodi Trucks (1980-84) for the all-time school record for combined singles and doubles wins in a career. Wong got her 220th career win to rank third.

After the match they drove with their parents, back to Clemson to go through the 6:30 PM graduation ceremony at Littlejohn Coliseum. At the conclusion of the ceremony they were to drive back to Athens to get ready for Clemson’s second round match Saturday at Georgia.

Clemson starting designated hitter Phil Pohl could also have an active weekend of ceremonies and athletic events. He graduated on Friday and then will begin a three-game baseball series against the nation’s number-one team, Florida State, one Saturday night. Pohl is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award this year.

Clemson Student-Athletes Graduation, May 11, 2012

Name Sport Major
Chase Henderson Men’s Swimming Biological Sciences
Seth Broster Men’s Swimming Chemical Engineering
Alex Carr Men’s Swimming Civil Engineering
Scott Clary Men’s Swimming Chemical Engineering
Chris Reinke Men’s Swimming Civil Engineering
Derek Barre Men’s Swimming Management
Harry Foster Men’s Swimming Financial Management
David Groseclose Men’s Swimming Construction Science
Constance Gorman Rowing Biological Sciences
Sarah Young Rowing Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Becca Brown Rowing Bioengineering
Bre Przestrzelski Rowing Bioengineering
Taylor Hoynacki Rowing Communications Studies
Sarah Daanen Rowing Language & International Health
Kristen Agee Rowing Sociology
Kenzie Dubrul Rowing Economics
Leah Kelly Rowing Psychology
Katharine Mosier Rowing Marketing
Kerry McLaughlin Women’s Swimming Biological Sciences
Sarah Bechard Women’s Swimming Psychology
Kelly Fowler Women’s Swimming Psychology
Brooke George Women’s Swimming Marketing
Cassie Self Women’s Swimming Marketing
Sarah Smith Women’s Swimming Architecture
Maddie Tarantolo Women’s Swimming Communications Studies
J.K. Jay Football Communication Studies
Scotty Cooper Football PRTM
Marquan Jones Football PRTM
Justin Miller Football PRTM (Sports Management)
Daniel Andrews Football Sociology
Xavier Brewer Football Psychology
Steven Demaras Football Financial Management
Brandon Ford Football Sociology
William Harrison Football Management
Carlton Lewis Football Sociology
Drew Traylor Football Management
Sam Van Gieson Football Marketing
Andre Young Men’s Basketball Health Science
Catalin Baciu Men’s Basketball Sociology
Ryan Hinson Baseball PRTM (Sports Management)
Phil Pohl Baseball Management
Justin Murdock Men’s Track Communications Studies
Charlton Rolle Men’s Track Psychology
Brittany Fennell Volleyball Health Science
Lauren Couch Women’s Basketball Health Science
Lindsey Mason Women’s Basketball Nursing
Shaniqua Pauldo Women’s Basketball PRTM
Lindsey Welker Women’s Basketball Health Science
Ashlynne Bass Women’s Soccer Visual Arts
Sarah Jacobs Women’s Soccer Mathematics Teaching
Alyssa Kulik Women’s Track Modern Languages
Brannon Sulka Women’s Track History
Danielle Curry Women’s Track Economics
Alex Boyd Golf Management
Brewer Bradshaw Golf Marketing
David Dannelly Golf Economics
Francklin Blaise Men’s Soccer Psychology
Nick Burton Men’s Soccer Psychology
Josipa Bek Women’s Tennis Management
Nelly Ciolkowski Women’s Tennis Management
Keri Wong Women’s Tennis Management

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