46 Student-Athletes Representing 16 Sports Will Graduate This Weekend

A total of 46 current or former WKU student-athletes representing 16 separate sports will graduate this weekend in commencement ceremonies set to begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (graduate ceremony) and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. (undergraduate ceremony) at E.A. Diddle Arena.  Seven of the student-athletes will receive Master of Science degrees.


The 46 graduates will obtain degrees in 26 different majors in diverse programs including accounting, advertising, biology, construction management, elementary education, marketing, performing arts, physics, psychology, and social work.


A total of 117 student-athletes will have graduated in the last calendar year, as 22 graduated in December of 2010, 49 graduated in May of 2011, and 46 will graduate on Saturday.  Every sport is represented among the 117 graduates.


For all 378 WKU student-athletes, the overall cumulative average GPA is 3.04 and 199 student-athletes (53 %) are maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  In the last decade, 85 percent of WKU’s student-athletes who have fulfilled their eligibility have graduated.


For the 2001-02 through 2004-05 classes, the most recent classes measured by the NCAA, WKU’s federal graduation rate of 60% for student-athletes ranked third in the Sun Belt Conference and also exceeded the 49% federal graduation rate posted by all WKU students. 


WKU has also had more individuals honored for their academic achievements by the Sun Belt Conference than any other league institution in each of the last six years. 




Student-Athlete – Sport - Major

Matt Hightower – Baseball – Recreation and Sport Administration (Master of Science)

Kory Petri – Baseball – Management

Thomas Majors – Football – Interdisciplinary Studies

Jamarcus Allen – Football – Sociology

Blake Ayers – Football – Management

Jerrod Babik – Football – Physical Education (Master of Science)

Wes Jeffries – Football - Interdisciplinary Studies

Quinterrance Cooper – Football – Sport Management

John Darnell – Football – Marketing

John Garrett – Football – Sport Management

Paul Hill – Football – Mass Communication

Deion Holts – Football – Psychology

Clark Jeter – Football – Marketing

Jihad Morris – Football - Interdisciplinary Studies

Kevin Passaglia – Football – Social Studies

Bobby Rainey – Football – Sport Management

Luke Stansfield – Football – Psychology

Josh Stinson – Football – Performing Arts

Cody Widelski – Football – Technology Management

David Boyden – Men’s Basketball – Recreation and Sport Administration (Master of Science)

Matthew Wallace – Men’s Cross Country – Mathematics

Alexander Larin – Men’s Indoor Track – Physics

Romaine McKay – Men’s Indoor Track - Recreation and Sport Administration (Master of Science)

Michael Doyle – Men’s Outdoor Track – Sport Management

Sean Shannon – Men’s Swimming – Biology

Nicholas Slattery – Men’s Swimming – Advertising

Andrew Swanson – Men’s Tennis – Broadcasting

Matthew Hawkey – Soccer – Physical Education (Master of Science)

Jason Sparks – Soccer – Construction Management

Vasity Chemweno – Women’s Cross Country – Public Health

Marion Kandie – Women’s Cross Country – Environmental Health Science

Kristi Beam – Women’s Golf – Accounting

Martha Tallent – Women’s Golf - Interdisciplinary Studies

Valerie Brown – Women’s Indoor Track - Recreation & Sport Administration (Master of Science)

Michelle Finn – Women’s Indoor Track - Interdisciplinary Studies

Shaycoya Myers – Women’s Indoor Track - Interdisciplinary Studies

Kayla Pittman – Women’s Indoor Track – Biology

Brooke Reed - Softball - Recreation and Sport Administration (Master of Science)

Sara Williams – Women’s Softball – Elementary Education

Claire Alexander – Women’s Swimming – International Business

Claire Donahue – Women’s Swimming – Social Work

Brittany Doss – Women’s Swimming - International Business

Jessica Brown – Women’s Tennis – Sociology

Megan Stephens – Women’s Tennis – Communication Disorders

Tiffany Elmore – Volleyball - Psychology