Men's Track and Field has four participate in spring commencement
May 22, 2009
With the NCAA Midwest Regionals and the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships just around the corner, four members of the Texas mens' track and field team turned their attention to the first part of student-athlete, when they participated in Spring Commencement on Friday. Jacob Hernandez, Kyle Miller, Jake Morse and Andrew Webb were all recognized today for their accomplishments as a student, when they walked across the stage to be presented with the diploma they've earned during their time at Texas.
"We place a great deal of importance on academics," said head coach Bubba Thornton. "These four are a great example of what we're trying to accomplish here at Texas. They've been productive both on the track and in the classroom and we, as a program, are extremely proud to have them representing us on a day like this."
Hernandez, a two-time NCAA Champion at 800 meters and a seven-time Big 12 Champion, earned his degree in corporate communications.
"Getting my degree validates all the hard work and sacrifice I've put in over the last couple of years," Hernandez stated. "This is a part of my life that is coming to a close, but I think it has opened up more doors for the future. I couldn't be happier to graduate from such a great university with such great tradition."
An All-American, Big 12 Champion and six-time All-Big 12 performer, Miller received his degree in education and hopes to, one day, become a coach.
"It's a huge accomplishment," noted Miller. "Graduating from college is huge. It shows all the hard work I've put in academically. The University is a big part of who I am. It's sad that my time here is coming to an end, but I'm always going to stay involved as much as I can."
Morse, a three-time All-American and Big 12 Champion who is currently the national leader in the Steeplechase, majored in Radio-Television-Film.
"I have had a great experience at Texas," explained Morse. "I've been able to get involved in so many different things. I think The University is great because it offers those opportunities. I tried to take advantage of it and make the most of my time here, and I feel like I've done that academically, socially and athletically."
A three-time All-Big 12 performer, Webb earned a degree in advertising and hopes to get into the oil and gas business. Webb still has an outdoor season left to compete in and will work towards a master's degree during the next academic year.
"It seems like I got here just yesterday," Webb said. "Seeing a lot of my friends from high school, some went to college and some didn't, you see how important education is. That's one thing my family instilled in me that education comes first. It's a big accomplishment."