Achieving the ultimate goal
AUSTIN, Texas -- A total of 53 University of Texas student-athletes are scheduled to participate in the 125th Spring Commencement at The University this weekend. This group includes members of 15 different athletic teams who will receive degrees in majors as diverse as corporate communication, electrical and petroleum engineering, finance, speech & language pathology, theatre & dance, accounting and anthropology, to name just a few.
Individual college, school and department convocations are scheduled across the UT campus on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17. The university-wide Commencement ceremony is set to begin at the University of Texas Tower on Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m.
"A college degree is the ultimate goal of every young person that comes through The University of Texas," said UT Men's Athletics Director DeLoss Dodds. "We see them transition, over a four-or-five year period, into young adults ready to tackle life after college. This is a proud day for them, a proud day for their families and a proud day for us."
"Graduation is the crowning achievement in the lives of our student-athletes," said UT Women's Athletics Director Chris Plonsky. "We have enjoyed watching them compete in athletics, but this is really what it is all about. All of their hard work in the classroom has resulted in a degree that is valued throughout the world."
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS GRADUATING STUDENT-ATHLETES
Name Sport Major Connor Atchley Men's Basketball Corporate Communication Coy Aune Football Corporate Communication Leah Avilla Women's Swimming & Diving ALD-Early Childhood Rod Babers Football Youth & Community Studies Erneisha Bailey Women's Basketball Sport Management Danielle Bartz Rowing Spanish & Government (Honors) Julia Best Women's Golf ALD-Early Childhood Rashad Bobino Football Corporate Communication Todd Bondy Football Finance Darren Brown Men's Track & Field Economics Kelsey Carpenter Soccer Sport Management Jerrika Chapple Women's Track & Field Youth & Community Studies Jennifer Christian Volleyball Kinesiology & Health Education Meagan Denny Softball Corporate Communication Mike Flath Football Kinesiology Yuan Bailey Gao Men's Swimming & Diving Electrical Engineering Matt Goodson Baseball Corporate Communication Jeremy Harris Men's Swimming & Diving Psychology Ellen Haynes Rowing Speech & Language Pathology Leslie Imber Soccer Finance Alex Janss Rowing Theatre & Dance Caitlin Kennedy Soccer Corporate Communication Temeka Kincy Women's Track & Field Biology Stephen Lane Football Finance Ashley Laughlin Women's Track & Field Kinesiology - Noncertification Megan Lenard Rowing Kinesiology - Noncertification Brett Lewis Baseball Corporate Communication Mark McCoy Football Community Studies, Corporate Communication Matt McCoy Football Sport Management Brandon McFarling Men's Track & Field Accounting - PPA Whitney McMahon Rowing International Business Chris Ogbonnaya Football History Ristine Olson Women's Tennis ALD - Early Childhood Dakarai Pearson Football Youth & Community Studies Anne Phillips Women's Track & Field Corporate Communication Daniel Rohleder Men's Swimming & Diving Finance Ashley Rollins Women's Golf Corporate Communication John Rouse Men's Track & Field Health Promotion & Fitness Tommy Sacco Men's Swimming & Diving Kinesiology - Noncertification Tingey Sallee Rowing Corporate Communication Kevin Schultz Men's Golf Finance Christian Schurr Men's Swimming & Diving Kinesiology - Noncertification Jaicus Solis Football Biology/Pre-Med Michael Taylor Football Corporate Communication Jennifer Todd Volleyball Anthropology Freddy Torres Football Biology Clay Tefteller Football Radio/Television/Film Mariya Townswick Women's Track & Field Petroleum Engineering Clay Van Hook Baseball Youth & Community Studies Jhonattan Vegas Men's Golf Kinesiology - Noncertification Garrett Weber-Gale Men's Swimming & Diving Corporate Communication Ryan Wilson Men's Track & Field Accounting - PPA Mary Yarrison Women's Swimming & Diving English & Government