Forty-Four Student-Athletes Earn Degrees


MANHATTAN, Kan.
-- Kansas State University held its spring commencement exercises on Saturday and among those receiving degrees were 44 current or former Wildcat student-athletes.

Highlighting the 44 graduates on the weekend were 13 members of the football team, nine members of the rowing squad, six women's basketball student-athletes, six from track and field, five from the equestrian team, three from baseball, and two men's basketball.

"It has been another great year for all of our student-athletes with the success they have achieved and these 44 student-athletes now have degrees to add to their accomplishments," said Jill Shields, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Services. "Each of these student-athletes has displayed a tremendous amount of commitment and determination during their time at K-State, and we are proud to now call them K-State graduates."

K-State has had another outstanding academic year in 2014-15 as a total of 82 current or former student-athletes earned degrees in the fall and spring. Also, a total of 125 student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big 12 recognition this year, while 269 student-athletes were named to the Fall 2014 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, the most since 2008.

"Earning a degree is one of the best and most fulfilling accomplishments I've ever earned," said K-State women's basketball graduate Ashia Woods. "It was a long commitment that required discipline, intelligence and hard work, and I now feel like I'm well equipped to take on the real world."

SPRING 2015 STUDENT-ATHLETE GRADUATES:
BASEBALL

Taylor Anderson -- Social Sciences
Max Brown -- Social Sciences
Carter Yagi -- Social Sciences

EQUESTRIAN
Kelly Bovaird -- Social Sciences
Karsen Brown -- Animal Science & Industry
Kelsey Conrad - Animal Science & Industry
Katlyn Delano -- Agribusiness
Madison Wayda - Animal Science & Industry

FOOTBALL
Dante Barnett -- Kinesiology
Marquel Bryant -- Social Sciences
Jack Cantele -- Civil Engineering
Valentino Coleman -- Social Sciences
Travis Green -- Marketing
Nathan Jackson -- Social Sciences
Matt Kleinsorge -- Sociology & Criminology
Evan Loomis -- Management Information Systems
Dylan Schellenberg -- Management
Tate Snyder -- Kinesiology
Adam Weber -- Kinesiology
Stanton Weber -- Accounting
Steven West -- Marketing

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Thomas Gipson -- Family Studies & Human Services
Ryan Schultz -- Kinesiology

MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Ivan Hartung -- Kinesiology
Zack Riley -- Social Sciences

ROWING
Lisa Angell -- Horticulture
Emily Elliott -- Bakery Science & Management
Allison Franken -- Civil Engineering
Jessica Kuhlman -- Kinesiology
Brittany Long -- Psychology
Kara Omo -- Kinesiology
Hillary Schartz -- Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Lindsey Schmeidler -- History
Jennifer Smisek -- Management

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Heidi Brown -- Kinesiology
Chantay Caron -- Elementary Education
Ashlynn Knoll -- Marketing
Laurie Koehn -- Social Sciences
Deborah Meeks -- Social Sciences
Ashia Woods -- Marketing

WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Angela Hart -- Geography
Avery Loyd -- Animal Sciences & Industry
Merryl Mbeng -- Social Sciences
Erica Twiss -- Elementary Education