31 WKU Student-Athletes Will Graduate This Week

By: Todd Stewart, WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: Todd Stewart, WKU Athletic Media Relations

A total of 31 WKU student-athletes will graduate this Saturday in
commencement ceremonies set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at E.A. Diddle
Arena. The 31 student-athletes will hold degrees in 18 separate majors
and comprise 11 total sports. Twelve members of the football team will
graduate, the most of any sport.

"The commencement ceremonies in December and May are the most
gratifying days of the year for me," said Director of Athletics Dr. Camden Wood Selig. "When our outstanding student-athletes receive
their degrees, it validates so many things. It rewards their
dedication and commitment to consistently applying themselves in the
classroom, and it proves we are indeed recruiting student-athletes and
are giving them the proper support structure and resources to succeed. The perseverance they have exhibited in obtaining their degrees will prepare them in so many ways for life's future challenges."

Nine of WKU's 19 programs have a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher, and WKU student-athletes in the university's 19 sports are majoring in 76 different programs. The Gordon Ford College of Business has 58 student-athletes, the most of any division. Thirty student-athletes are majoring in Biology and additional majors for student-athletes include diverse programs such as Anthropology, Chemistry, French and Spanish.

WKU has had more individuals honored by the league academically than any other institution in each of the last four years after 158 made the league's Commissioner's List and Academic Honor Roll in 2007-08.
Since Selig's arrival in 1999, 87% of WKU student-athletes who have
exhausted their eligibility have graduated.

WKU STUDENT-ATHLETES GRADUATING ON DECEMBER 13

Student-Athlete/Sport/Major
Dusty Bear/Football/Interdisciplinary Studies
Andrew Campbell/Football/Physical Education
Austin Chestnut/Football/Interdisciplinary Studies
Dan Cline/Football/Corp.-Organiz. Communication
Jared Holland/Football/Business Administration
Chris McConnell/Football/Interdisciplinary Studies
Greg Ryan/Football/Construction Management
Tanner Siewert/Football/Management
Bo Smith/Football/Health Care Administration
Ben Sowders/Football/Physical Education
Zachary Thuney/Football/Management
David Wolke/Football/Management

Adam Howard/M Basketball/Mass Communication

Asa Dew/Men's CC/Sociology
Morris Smith/Men's CC/Biology

Matthew Fuqua/M Golf/Corp.-Organiz. Communication
James Perry/M Golf/Computer Information Systems

Michael Caruso/M Swimming/Construction Management
Michael Freese/M Swimming/Social Studies
Thomas Gilmore/M Swimming/Interdisciplinary Studies
Kyle Peterson/M Swimming/Elementary Education
Robert Wimberly/M Swimming/Industrial Sciences

Kyle Schroeder/Soccer/Physical Education

Jessica Magley/W Basketball/Political Science

Natalie Leeper/Women's CC/Sociology
Heather Ross/Women's CC/Elementary Education

Jeris Freesmeier/W Golf/Marketing

Mallory Neltner/W Swimming/Communication Studies
Elizabeth Peterson/W Swimming/Elementary Education
Tessa Weghorst/W Swimming/English & Allied Language Arts

Holly Kell/W Tennis/Physical Education


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