Thirty-Six Student-Athletes Earn Degrees
May 14, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University held its spring commencement exercises on Saturday and among those receiving degrees were 36 current Wildcat student-athletes.
Highlighting the 36 graduates on the weekend were 10 men’s and women’s track and field athletes, seven members of the K-State football team, seven rowers, six from the equestrian team, two members of the men’s and women’s golf teams and two each from men’s and women’s basketball.
"Providing the opportunity for each of our student-athletes to earn their degree remains a top priority and one of the most important components of being a model intercollegiate athletics program,” said Jill Shields, Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. "These individuals have displayed a tremendous amount of commitment and determination during their time at K-State and are to be commended for this accomplishment.”
K-State, which has led the Big 12 Conference in overall graduation rate in each of the past four seasons, had another outstanding academic year in 2010-11. Three players have been named Academic All-Americans, while four others were selected to the Academic All-District VII team. In all, 99 student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, while a combined 426 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Also, K-State was one of just two Big 12 schools in the Big 12 and 14 across the nation this season to have its football team in a bowl game and both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Spring 2011 Graduates