33 Student-Athletes Representing 16 Sports Set to Graduate This Weekend

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — A total of 33 current or former WKU student-athletes will graduate this weekend in commencement ceremonies on the Hill. The 33 student-athletes represent 16 sports, and the average cumulative grade point average of the group is 3.25.

The degrees obtained by the student-athletes this weekend include physical education, marketing, psychology, exercise science, public relations, construction management, sport marketing, mathematics, chemistry and biology, among many others. Four of the 33 are obtaining master's degrees.

A total of 107 WKU student-athletes have graduated in the past calendar year, with 74 earning their degrees in May 2012.

The cumulative GPA of all 385 WKU student-athletes is 3.05, and over 200 student-athletes, 54 percent, are maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Eleven of WKU’s 15 sport programs hold a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better, and five are at or above 3.4 as a team.

WKU has had more student-athletes honored by the Sun Belt Conference for academic achievement than any other conference school for eight-consecutive years.

Baseball Ross Hammonds Physical Education
Baseball Chad Kruger Marketing
Baseball Skyler Shown Psychology
Baseball Jacob Wells Exercise Science
Football Tavis Ciochetty Exercise Science
Football Kawaun Jakes Interdisciplinary Studies
Football Rammell Lewis Public Relations
Football Andrew Pettijohn Interdisciplinary Studies
Football Christopher Riggs Nursing
Football Adam Smith Construction Management
Football Quanterus Smith Recreation Administration
Football Marcus Vasquez Sport Management
Men's Basketball Caden Dickerson Marketing
Men's Cross Country Steven Bean Physical Education (Master of Science)
Men's Golf William Beard Accounting
Men's Outdoor Track Cailean Robinson Psychology
Men's Outdoor Track Bradly Wright Physical Education
Men's Swimming Dean Hupman Agriculture
Men's Swimming Adam Pendry Mathematics
Men's Tennis Craig Kirchgessner Social Studies
Men's Tennis Alexander Witzgall Psychology
Women's Cross Country Melissa Hurd Nursing
Women's Golf Amy O'Connell Elementary Education
Women's Indoor Track Monica Akello Social Work
Women's Outdoor Track Laura Igaune Physical Education (Master of Science)
Women's Outdoor Track Anna Zhidkova Land Surveying
Women's Soccer Cheryl Onwu Biology
Women's Softball Brittney Perry Technology Management (Master of Science)
Women's Softball Laura Smith Chemistry
Women's Swimming Arrika Bales Broadcasting
Women's Swimming Mallory Ryan Exceptional Education (Master of Science)
Women's Swimming Georgia Smith Exercise Science
Women's Volleyball Lindsay Williams Mathematics