23 WKU Student-Athletes Set to Graduate on Saturday

A total of 23 WKU student-athletes will graduate this Saturday in commencement ceremonies set to begin at 10:00 a.m. at E.A. Diddle
Arena. The 23 student-athletes will hold degrees in 18 separate majors and comprise eight total sports. Seven 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.
Wood Selig. "When our 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 our coaches are placing a priority on academics and are giving our student-athletes 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 five years. Since Selig's arrival in 1999, 85% of WKU student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated.


Student-Athlete - Sport - Major

Benard Airo - Soccer - Communication Studies
Luis Arenas-Echeverria - Men's Golf - Finance
Kristi Beam - Women's Golf - Public Health
Marell Booker - Football - Exercise Science
Valerie Brown - Women's Track - Visual Studies
Kale Butler - Football - Corp. & Organ. Communication
Bradley Cloud - Football - Interdisciplinary Studies
Rafael Cocha - Men's Golf - Interdisciplinary Studies
Samantha Cronk - Softball - Recreation Administration
Terri Ellingsworth - Softball - Elementary Education
Rachel Friedman - Soccer - Exercise Science
Curtis Hamilton - Football - Industrial Science
L.J. Harbison - Football - Management
Raichelle King - Women's Swimming - Sociology
Sarah Lambrecht - Women's Track - Exceptional Education
Sarah Namara - Women's Track - Technology Mgt. (Master's Degree)
Michael Podbielski - Men's Swimming - Broadcasting
Lloyd Pressley - Football - Construction Management
Ryan Rogge - Softball - Exercise Science
Christopher Schenck - Men's Swimming - Recreation Administration
Lauren Scholl - Women's Golf - Elementary Education
Seth Tamme - Football - Marketing
Erica Wilson - Women's Swimming - Advertising