UT Student-Athletes Continue Classroom Excellence

Twenty-two current and former Vols and Lady Vols representing seven sports are graduating from the University of Tennessee this Saturday, continuing Tennessee athletics??? commitment to excellence in the classroom.

Among the graduates is football standout Jerod Mayo, who is earning his bachelor???s degree in 31/2 years. He plans to attend graduate school next year.

Also graduating Saturday are three former student-athletes ??? Cody Douglas and Maurice Staley ??? who returned to the university to finish their degrees through the Thornton Center???s Renewing Academic Commitment program. The RAC program works with former student-athletes by assisting them with advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internships opportunities offered through the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program, as well as use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.

"I'm very proud of the student-athletes receiving their degrees this semester,??? said Eric Brey, director of the Thornton Center. ???They have worked hard off the field to earn their degree and now have earned the distinction of being University of Tennessee Alumni."

The 2007 Fall Commencement ceremonies are headlined by UT Board of Trustees member Spruell Driver.

There is a short reception for student-athletes, their families and their coaches at the Thornton Center at 10 a.m. Media are invited to attend.

Craig Cobb, Accounting

Erik Ainge, Political Science
Michael Crain, Finance
Dylan Dickey, Finance
Michael Frogg, Sociology/Criminal Justice
Adam Gillem, Exercise Science
Robert ???Bo??? Hardegree, Exercise Science
Inquoris ???Inky??? Johnson, Political Science
Steven Jones, Communication Studies
Jerod Mayo, Sport Management
Antonio Reynolds, Sociology
Kirk Swearingen, Political Science
Casey Woods, Master???s in Sports Studies
Eric Young, Political Science

Football RAC Program
Cody Douglas, Political Science
Maurice Staley, Psychology

Holly Cantwell, Exercise Science

Swimming and Diving
Brittany Fulmer, Communication Studies
Peter McVey, Public Relations

Track and Field
Jangy Addy, Journalism and Electronic Media
Jacob Dennis, History
Leslie Treherne, Exercise Science





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