Tennessee Graduates 51 Student-Athletes

May 21, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - With the institution's final degree certification process now complete, the University of Tennessee announced that 51 student-athletes have fulfilled graduation requirements. One of those student-athletes, Vicki Baugh from women's basketball, graduated with a master's degree in kinesiology.

The university also announced academic performance highlights for Spring 2012, and the average grade-point average (GPA) for all UT student-athletes was 2.94, including 29 student-athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. A total of 76 percent of Tennessee student-athletes earned a 2.5 GPA or higher, while 56 percent earned a 3.0 or higher and 26 percent were at or above the 3.5 GPA threshold.

The golf programs recorded the highest GPAs among UT sports, as women's golf led all teams with a 3.58 GPA and men's golf finished at 3.56. Women's tennis ranked third at 3.45, followed by volleyball at 3.42.

"At the core of our mission is the pursuit of comprehensive excellence, and this includes performance in the classroom as a top priority," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "Our expectation is that our student-athletes will earn a degree, and we commend the 51 who achieved that goal this spring."

A total of 13 of the 16 teams improved their GPA in one of the last two semesters, while four programs (men's basketball, men's golf, rowing, and women's tennis) improved their GPA in each of the last two semesters. Of the 16 teams, 11 posted a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2012 semester and also hold a cumulative GPA of above 3.0.

The following is a list of Spring 2012 student-athlete graduates:

Men's Basketball
Tyler Summitt, Communication Studies

Women's Basketball
Briana Bass, Sport Management
Vicki Baugh, Kinesiology (Master's)
Shekinna Stricklen, Sociology
Kamiko Williams, Sociology

Chris Cates, Finance
Grant Jessen, Logistics
Herman Lathers, Sport Management
Jacob Storey, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Robert Yonce, Logistics

Men's Golf
Justin Walker, Management

Ashley Case, Journalism and Electronic Media
Kristin Coggin, Psychology
Hilary Epes, Interdisciplinary Programs

Emily Dowd, Sociology
Chelsea Hatcher, Political Science
Hannah Hut, Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism
Chelsea Kephart, Management
Lara Langworthy, Communication Studies
Ashley Owens, Sociology
Emily Shore, Political Science

Holly Baker, Exercise Science
Kelly Grieve, Animal Science
Cat Hosfield, Communication Studies

Men's Swimming and Diving
Michael Christy, Biological Sciences
Carl Jones, Communication Studies

Women's Swimming and Diving
Aleksa Akerfelds, Advertising
Abbie Alton, French
Lindsey Brackens, Communication Studies
Samara Gelb, Psychology
Jodie McGroarty, Communication Studies
Martina Moravcikova, Interdisciplinary Programs
Gaby Trudeau, Finance
Atlantis Wilkins, Biological Sciences

Women's Tennis
Natalie Pluskota, Sport Management

Men's Track and Field
Kevin Carney, Logistics
Thomas Gilmartin, Biomedical Engineering
Scott March, Political Science
Robert Rasnick, Mechanical Engineering

Women's Track and Field
Annie Alexander, Journalism and Electronic Media
Bianca Blair, Sociology
Andrea Ferri, Interdisciplinary Programs
Aslynn Halvorson, Kinesiology
Ashley Harris, Communication Studies
Charity Honeycutt, Retail and Consumer Sciences
Laquoya Kelly, Psychology
Chelsea Knotts, Biological Sciences
Chanelle Price, Journalism and Electronic Media
Elizabeth Tiller, Public Administration
Ellen Wortham, Psychology

Kelsey Mahoney, Nutrition

The following is GPA information for the various University of Tennessee teams:

Team GPA Information
TeamSpring '12Cumulative GPA
Basketball, Men2.552.59
Basketball, Women3.123.10
Golf, Men3.563.32
Golf, Women3.583.42
Swimming & Diving, Men2.902.90
Swimming & Diving, Women3.163.22
Tennis, Men3.243.33
Tennis, Women3.453.42
Track & Field, Men2.792.82
Track & Field, Women3.153.28

GPA Summary
TeamSpring 2011Fall 2011Spring 2012
Basketball, Men2.252.372.55
Basketball, Women3.103.173.12
Golf, Men3.413.453.56
Golf, Women3.583.373.58
Swimming & Diving, Men2.942.922.90
Swimming & Diving, Women3.093.173.16
Tennis, Men3.183.283.24
Tennis, Women3.303.433.45
Track & Field, Men2.752.802.79
Track & Field, Women3.213.303.15


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