Fifty-Six Student-Athletes Earn Degrees

Arthur Brown among Saturday's graduates

May 12, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University held its spring commencement exercises on Saturday and among those receiving degrees were 56 current or former Wildcat student-athletes.

Highlighting the 56 graduates on the weekend were 15 men’s and women’s track and field athletes, 13 members of the K-State football team, 11 rowers, six from the equestrian team, three members of the men’s and women’s golf teams, two each from men’s and women’s basketball and women’s tennis and also two from volleyball.

"One of the top priorities and goals of having a model intercollegiate athletics program is to provide our student-athletes with a world-class experience and the opportunity to earn their degree," said Jill Shields, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. "These individuals have displayed a tremendous amount of commitment and determination during their time at K-State and they are to be commended for this accomplishment."

K-State, which has led the Big 12 Conference in overall graduation rate in four of the past five seasons, has had another outstanding academic year in 2011-12. Tysyn Hartman was a Campbell Trophy Finalist and NFF National Scholar Athlete in 2011, while a combined 430 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2011 and Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

K-State also was the lone Big 12 school and one of just five in the nation this year to advance to a bowl game and win games in the NCAA volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball tournaments.

Spring 2012 Graduates

Track and Field (15)
Chelsie Bonds
Cory Boulanger
Edina Brooks
Moritz Cleve
Fransico Colomar
Armando Del Valle
Rok Derzanic
Kimberly Haberman
Jeffrey Julmis
Martynas Jurgilas
Ryann Krais
Jacqueline Leffler
Sydney Messick
Mantas Silkauskas
TiAra Walpool

Football (13)
Jordan Allred
Arthur Brown
Anthony Cantele
Arrison Davis
Ryan Doerr
Logan Dold
Manase Foketi
Ray Kibble
Jarard Milo
Matthew Pearson
Justin Tuggle
Braden Wilson
Payton Kirk

Rowing (11)
Nicole Burdiek
Weatherly Butler
Marissa Campbell
Whitley Jackson
Brittany Leathers
Adria Ley
Ali Peters
Traci Smiley
Amanda Weishaar
Hanna Wiltfong
Anna Young

Equestrian (6)
Marlana Berkow
Melanie Hizpeter
Erica Mackiewicz
Alayna Warner
Paige Ryan
Soffia Farrall da Cruz

Golf (3)
Elise Houtz
Kyle Smell
Ami Storey

Men’s Basketball (2)
Victor Ojeleye
Jamar Samuels

Women’s Basketball (2)
Branshea Brown
Emma Ostermann

Women’s Tennis (2)
Petra Chuda
Antea Huljev

Volleyball (2)
JuliAnne Chisholm
Ashley Kelican