SE: Congratulations, Graduates!


K-State Athletics will celebrate the graduation of 58 of its current and former student-athletes tomorrow with various ceremonies taking place on the Kansas State University campus.

Twelve of the Wildcats’ 16 varsity athletics teams have student-athletes graduating, with 13 football graduates leading the way.

From Landscape Architecture to English to Mechanical Engineering, 33 different majors are represented through this spring’s graduating class.

“Graduating means a lot to me,” said K-State men’s basketball senior Justin Edwards, who will graduate with a degree in Kinesiology tomorrow. “It’s basically the icing on the cake to my college career. It’s a milestone not only for me, but for my whole family as well.”

Five of this year’s graduating student-athletes –James Allen (baseball), Brittany Chambers (women’s basketball), Jared Goedert (baseball), Jared King (baseball) and Tramaine Thompson (football) – are graduating after taking advantage of K-State Athletics’ Second Wind Program. Through the Second Wind Program, Student-Athlete Services works in conjunction with K-State Global Campus to reconnect former student-athletes with resources necessary to complete degree requirements.

“It’s super exciting because it’s been a long time coming,” said Chambers, who played for the Wildcats from 2009 to 2013. “I just felt like I had put it off for a while, and part of the reason that I decided not to play any more was that I could finish and go to med school eventually, so it’s really been great to take another step toward where I want to be.”

Chambers played professional basketball for two years following her eligibility at K-State, but she returned to Manhattan last fall to finish her degree. One of the greatest K-State women’s basketball players ever, Chambers scored 2,156 points – third best in program history behind Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde – racked up 862 rebounds and dished out 363 assists. She closed her career with the Wildcats by earning 2013 All-Big 12 First Team honors in addition to WBCA and Associated Press All-America honorable mention honors. A hard worker both on and off the court, Chambers was also named the inaugural Big 12 Scholar of the Year in 2013.

She’s earned numerous accolades in basketball and academics, but when she receives her degree in Life Sciences with an emphasis in pre-med tomorrow afternoon, it will top them all.

“Graduation is huge, and I think that I appreciate it now maybe even more that I would have four years ago,” said Chambers. “When I was playing basketball, it was everything to me, but I did put a lot of work into school and our coaches really pushed us to do well in the classroom. So now being able to come back and see it from a different perspective, I’m even more excited about it.”

Each and every student-athlete who will graduate tomorrow has represented K-State well both on the playing field and in the classroom. Often, juggling schoolwork, training and competition is a balancing act, but these student-athletes, these 51 competitors, got it done.

With that, congratulations to this year’s Wildcat graduating class!

Here’s a look at this year’s graduates:

SPRING 2016 GRADUATES:

BASEBALL
James Allen* – Management Information Systems
Lucas Benenati – Social Sciences
Clayton Dalrymple – Management
Brandon Erickson – Social Sciences
Jared Goedert* – Finance
Colton Kalmus – Management
Jared King* – Business Administration
Blake McFadden – Athletic Training
Tyler Moore – Social Sciences
Steve Serratore – History
Jake Wodtke - Life Sciences
Tyler Wolfe - Psychology

EQUESTRIAN
Libby Tudor – Landscape Architecture

FOOTBALL
Will Ash – English
Kody Cook – Marketing
Andre Davis – Social Sciences
Luke Hayes – Kinesiology
Demonte Hood – Family Studies and Human Services
Joe Hubener – Secondary Education
Terrale Johnson – Social Sciences
Charles Jones – Sociology/Criminology
Jarvis Leverett – Sociology/Criminology
Matthew McCrane – Marketing
Cameron Morgan – Finance
Lucas Munds – Management
Matt Seiwert – Agribusiness
Tramaine Thompson* – Social Sciences

MEN’S BASKETBALL
Justin Edwards – Kinesiology
Stephen Hurt – Social Sciences
DJ Johnson – Social Sciences
Brian Rohleder – Mechanical Engineering

MEN’S GOLF
Kyle Weldon – Civil Engineering

MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Chris Campbell – Social Sciences
Dwight Davidson – Life Sciences
Logan Smith – Social Sciences
Kale Mueller - Horticulture

ROWING
Courtney Cooke – Accounting
Chelsea Goble – Family Studies & Human Services
Madalynn Haney – Nutrition & Kinesiology
Meagan Kuzmich – Biology
Erin Roeser – Pre-Med
Regan Simpson – Psychology

VOLLEYBALL
Katie Brand – Life Sciences
Bailey Shurbet – General Human Ecology

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Brittany Chambers* – Life Sciences
Bri Craig – Family Studies & Human Services
Stacey Malone – Kinesiology
Antoinette Taylor – Family Studies & Human Services

WOMEN’S GOLF
Olivia Eliasson - Biochemistry

WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
Laura Galvan – Food Science & Industry
Kristen Petry – Statistics
Rachel Proteau - Biochemistry
Erika Schiller – Dietetics
Paige Strationi – Family Studies & Human Services
Alyx Treasure – Apparel & Textiles
Kim Williamson - Sociology/Criminology
Danielle Winters – Communication Studies

WOMEN’S TENNIS
Amina St. Hill – Communication Studies

* Denotes graduated through K-State's Second Wind Program