Cincinnati Celebrates the Graduation of 55 Student-Athletes
Spring 2013 Graduates

April 26, 2013

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati celebrates its Spring Commencement during two ceremonies Saturday in Fifth Third Arena and among those graduates are 55 student-athletes.

"Graduation is the most exciting day of the year," said UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock. "It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and the determination they have to be successful. Each of them has made UC a better place and we celebrate with them on this special day."

One week after his investiture, UC President Santa Ono leads the Saturday ceremonies. The first ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. and includes the College of Allied Health Sciences; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; College-Conservatory of Music (CCM); College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP); College of Nursing; and UC Blue Ash College. The afternoon ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and recognizes graduates from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH); College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS); McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S); and UC Clermont College.

Friends and family unable to attend graduation can view a live telecast of Saturday's events at the Family Friendly Zone, located at the Russell C. Meyers Alumni Center, or online.

"Our staff is extremely proud of our graduating student-athletes," said Joe Luckey, who serves as senior associate athletics director for the Office of Student-Athlete Support Services, the department responsible for providing academic support to UC's student-athletes. "We have seen these students grow tremendously as they progressed from recruits to graduates, and we are excited for each of them to pursue the next phases of their lives."

Graduation caps off a year in which nearly 60 percent of UC's student-athletes achieved a fall semester grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Eighteen student-athletes achieved a 4.0 and 153 garnered a 3.4 fall semester GPA. 

Also graduating Saturday is former men's swimming and diving student-athlete Nate Kramer, whose collegiate career was cut short due to a battle with leukemia.

For more information about the 2013 Spring Commencement Ceremonies click here.

2013 Spring Graduates

Gentile, Thomas Baseball Health Education (Exercise & Fitness)
Bomar, Maalik Football Criminal Justice
Bujnoch, Austen Football History
Dempsey, Adam Football Operations Management
Frey, Drew Football Architectural Engineering Technology
Johnson, Reuben Football Criminal Justice
Lambert, Patrick Football Health Education (Exercise & Fitness)
Luallen, Jordan Football Entrepreneurship
McClellan, Sean Football Organizational Leadership
Meador, Mitch Football Organizational Leadership
Richardson, Demetrius Football Criminal Justice
Williams, Anthony Football Criminal Justice
Fink, Maddie Lacrosse Finance
Kiriazoglou, Katie Lacrosse Marketing
Pierson, Marissa Lacrosse Health Science (Physiological Science)
Piontek, Adrianna Lacrosse Sports Administration
Wettig, Katelyn Lacrosse Communication
Parker, JaQuon M. Basketball Criminal Justice
Wright, Cashmere M. Basketball Criminal Justice
Desmarais, Andrew M. Golf Communication
Ledom, Matthew M. Golf Operations Management
Tepe, David M. Golf Finance
Albert, Louis M. Soccer Mechanical Engineering; Business Administration
Powell, Leon M. Soccer Sports Administration
Shelton, Shamar M. Soccer Marketing
Kramer, Nate M. Swimming Accounting
Hale, Chris M. Swimming Journalism
Hays, Matt M. Swimming Chemistry
Langford, Brad M. Swimming Organizational Leadership
Marks, Tommy M. Track & Field Aerospace Engineering
Neyer, Kyle M. Track & Field Business Administration (Graduate Student)
Somerville, Terrence M. Track & Field Criminal Justice
Wynn, Ryan M. Track & Field Psychology
Haseman, Jake M. Track & Field Aerospace Engineering
O'Gara, Caitlin Tennis Accounting
Woulfe, Elise Tennis Spanish
Hayden, Emily Volleyball Journalism
Refenes, Becca Volleyball Sports Administration
Rohlfs, Rachel Volleyball Health Education (Exercise & Fitness)
Scott, Jordanne Volleyball Health Education (Exercise & Fitness)
Carl, Alex W. Golf Marketing
Roos, Maria W. Golf Journalism
Winqvist, Fredricka W. Golf Informational Systems
Dakers, Kaylee W. Soccer Health Science (Physiological Science)
Bakan, Lindsay W. Swimming Fashion Design; Marketing
Berman, Alicia W. Swimming Psychology & Neuroscience Neuropsychology
Desalle, Renee W. Swimming Nursing
Frye, Erin W. Swimming Communication  Science  & Disorders
Groene, Brittany W. Swimming Special Education MA & NS
Campbell, Paris W. Track & Field Fashion Design
Edley, Alyssa W. Track & Field Criminal Justice
Harding, DanHeisha W. Track & Field Criminal Justice
Knollman, Sara W. Track & Field Communication Science & Disorders
Patton, Brianna W. Track & Field Health Science (Exercise & Movement Science)
Portis, Shanay W. Track & Field Criminal Justice