Kristen Nash ready for 'next chapter' following Spring Commencement
May 23, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- For Women’s Basketball’s Kristen Nash, her career at The University of Texas came full circle on Friday afternoon when she was introduced in the Frank Erwin Center one final time. Trading her usual No. 32 uniform for a mortarboard and gown, Nash was recognized as a 2010 Texas graduate and honored with a degree in Corporate Communications to cap off her four-year career as a student-athlete.
“I can’t believe this day is finally here,” Nash said. “The past four years have been amazing. I have grown so much during my time at Texas, and have learned life lessons in the classroom and on the court. It has been a blessing to be a student-athlete at UT, but it’s exciting to know that my future is beginning.”
Before she was even enrolled as a student on the Forty Acres, Nash had already competed in her first basketball game in the Erwin Center during her senior year of high school. In March 2006, she and younger sister Kathleen led Plano West to the school’s first state tournament crown. During the school’s Final Four run, Nash instantly felt a connection to the university and began to look forward to her future at Texas.
“As soon as the state championship game was over, I couldn’t wait to begin the next chapter of my life in Austin,” Nash said. “Even before I started classes, I knew Texas was a first-class university. But everything that I have experienced here exceeded my expectations. From the enthusiasm of our fans to the support of Dr. Randa Ryan and the student services staff, I can’t put into words how much everything means to me.”
“It’s hard to believe that four years have already come and gone. It feels like just yesterday I was a freshman. I don’t know where the time went,” Nash said.
Although Nash is unsure right now what her future holds - perhaps a career in communications or a fall enrollment in graduate school - she knows beyond a doubt that her Texas degree has opened a bevy of doors.
“Texas Exes are everywhere, and after today I’ll be a member of one of the largest and most prestigious alumni networks in the world. Texas is a premier university, and I’m excited to forever be a representative of this school,” Nash added.
With a final walk across the floor of the Erwin Center on Friday, it was fitting for Nash to once again begin a new chapter. After all, it’s exactly where the last one began.