May 10, 2012
The incredible graduation rate celebrated by University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball student-athletes under the guidance of head coach emeritus Pat Summitt for 38 seasons will forever remain at 100 percent.
Two senior Lady Vols hoopsters participating in Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies this week are Briana Bass (Indianapolis, Ind.) who will receive a B.S. degree in Education (majoring in recreation and sport management) and Shekinna Stricklen (Morrilton, Ark.) who will receive a B.A. in sociology. Stricklen, a rookie with the WNBAs Seattle Storm, was able to take a break from training camp and will be attending Friday's graduation festivities.
Fifth-year Vicki Baugh (Sacramento, Calif.) will earn her M.S. in kinesiology and sport studies with a concentration in sports psychology. Baugh is in training camp with the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA and is not expected to attend commencement.
The Lady Vol junior class of Taber Spani (Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Kamiko Williams (Clarksville, Tenn.) will be participating in graduation ceremonies as well. The duo joins Glory Johnson as Lady Vols completing degree requirements in just three years. Spani is a candidate to receive her B.A. in communications while majoring in communications studies and is expected to start graduate school in the Fall. Williams will graduate with a B.A. in sociology and plans to pursue a second degree in psychology as she completes her eligibility next season.
Summitt's son, Tyler, will also receive his B.A. in communications after completing his studies in just three years. Tyler begins his coaching career on May 21 when he reports to work as an assistant women's basketball coach at Marquette University.