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Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Student-Athletes Participate in Commencement

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Thirty-five Central Michigan University student-athletes were awarded degrees during Saturday commencement exercises held inside the CMU Events Center.

The group joined 28 student-athletes who participated in December's commencement ceremonies to make 63 student-athletes who earned degrees this academic year.

These seniors have contributed to a CMU athletics program that maintains a 75 percent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR), reflecting athletes who make solid progress toward graduation and are in good academic standing. Thirteen of the 16 programs have a GSR greater than 80 percent — all above the national average. 

Chippewa student-athletes have combined to produce the highest average GPA in the Mid-American Conference 15 years running and the field hockey program was recognized as having the highest team GPA in the country this year.

As a whole, the CMU student-athlete population is pursuing 67 different majors and has achieved a 3.0 cumulative GPA the past 16 years.

May 2013 Graduating Student-Athletes

Name     Sport     Degree     Major    

Kelsey Beatty

   

Women's Track and Cross Country

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Hlth Fit-Prev & Rehabilitative Prog

   

Ben Bennett

   

Wrestling

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Sociology

   

Bailey Brandon

   

Women's Soccer

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Law and Economics

   

Samantha Brenz

 

 

Women's Soccer

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Biology/Biomedical Sciences

   

Zachery Cooper

   

Baseball

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Sport Studies

   

Finis Craddock

 

 

Men's Basketball

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Sport Studies

   

Christian Cullinan

   

Wrestling

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Psychology

   

Valerie DeWeerd

   

Volleyball

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Human Resources Management, Psychology

   

Kari Dieffenderfer

   

Gymnastics

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Hlth Fit-Prev & Rehabilitative Prog

   

Dieterick Dodridge

   

Baseball

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Sport Studies

   

Kara Dornbos

   

Softball

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Hlth Fit-Prev & Rehabilitative Prog

   

Erin Dye

   

Field Hockey

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Marketing, Political Science, Logistics Management

   

Christina Farrow

   

Women's Track and Cross Country

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Psychology

   

Cedric Fraser

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Entrepreneurship

   

Jerry Harris

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Entrepreneurship

   

Rachael Hensel

   

Softball

   

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Actuarial Science, Accounting

   

Claire Horton

   

Women's Soccer

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Dietetics

   

Curtis Huge

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Mathematics

   

Summer Knoop

   

Softball

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

HSA: Hospitality Services Concen.

   

Matt Lutzke

   

Men's Track and Cross Country

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Political Science

   

Charnele Lyons

   

Women's Track and Cross Country

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Marketing

   

Anastasia Netto

   

Field Hockey

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Accounting

   

William Odykirk

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Communication

   

Jalisa Olive

   

Women's Basketball

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Sociology

   

Jacob Olson

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Sociology: Social & Criminal Justice

   

Ryan Radcliff

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Science in Business Admin

   

Accounting

   

Chris Reeves

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Entrepreneurship

   

Kirlene Roberts

   

Women's Track and Cross Country

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Biology: Natural Resources

   

Richard Rowse

   

Men's Basketball

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Economics

   

Scotti Sentes

   

Wrestling

   

Bachelor of Science

   

English:Creative Writing Concentration

   

Jarod Trice

   

Wrestling

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Sport Studies

   

Stefanie Turner

   

Women's Soccer

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Biology/Biomedical Sciences

   

Jocelyn VerVelde

   

Volleyball

   

Bachelor of Applied Arts

   

Sport Studies

   

AJ Westendorp

   

Football

   

Bachelor of Science

   

Biology/Biomedical Sciences, Religion

   
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