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Thirty UT Athletes to Graduate Saturday



Dec. 9, 2010


By Jimmy Stanton, Associate Athletic Director, Communications

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee student-athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom, and because of this commitment 30 Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday, continuing UT Athletics' commitment to academic excellence.

Graduation ceremonies for various colleges began on Wednesday and continue through Friday, with the final University Commencement Ceremony taking place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. A post-graduation reception will be held for graduating student-athletes, their families and coaches at 11:30 a.m. at the Thornton Center on the UT Knoxville campus.

"This weekend is about the great accomplishment of all our graduates at the University of Tennessee," said director of men's athletics Mike Hamilton. "For our student-athletes, they have worked extremely hard in the classroom and should be very proud of earning their degrees."

"I'm extremely proud of our student-athletes that are graduating this weekend," said director of women's athletics Joan Cronan. "Our goal is to build champions while winning championships, and these student-athletes exemplify that mission, both in the classroom and the athletic arena."

Media interested in talking with any of the student-athlete graduates are invited to attend the post-graduation reception for student-athletes, their families and coaches at the Thornton Center this Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The graduates include two former Tennessee student-athletes that returned to the University in Shawn Griffin and Danny Wiltz, both baseball players who completed their degree requirements through the Thornton Center's Renewing Academic Commitment program (RAC). The RAC program assists former student-athletes by providing advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internship opportunities, as well as the use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.

The following is a list of the 2010 Tennessee student-athlete December graduates:

Baseball
Shawn Griffin (RAC)
Cody Grisham
Danny Wiltz (RAC)

Men's Basketball
Michael Hubert
Steven Pearl

Women's Basketball
Vicki Baugh

Football
Chad Cunningham
Ben Martin
LaMarcus Thompson
Chris Walker

Men's Golf
David Holmes

Women's Golf
Ginny Brown
Diana Cantú

Rowing
Libuse Bruncvíková
Laura Miller

Soccer
Molly Baird

Softball
Nicole Kajitani
Erinn Webb

Men's Swimming and Diving
Michael Muscari

Women's Swimming and Diving
Alex Barsanti

Men's Tennis
Davey Sandgren

Women's Tennis
Zsófia Zubor

Men's Track and Field
Michael Brodsky
Samdi Fraser
Nathan Grace
John Hewitt
Evander Wells

Women's Track and Field
Jená Murphy
Phoebe Wright

Volleyball
Leah Hinkey

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