61 athletes earn Clemson degrees Friday


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Clemson, SC—Sixty-one Clemson student-athletes received undergraduate degrees on Friday over the course of three graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum. The list included 12 members of Clemson’s ACC Championship football team and 10 members of Clemson’s top 20 rowing team.

The list of football players earning a degree, included former All-American Justin Miller, who earned his degree eight years after he played his final game for the Tigers. Miller, who turned professional after his junior year, returned to Clemson to earn his degree in sports management. He joins Michael Dean Perry, Jeff Davis, Levon KirklandLevon Kirkland
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and Lucas Glover on the list of All-America athletes who have returned to Clemson to get their degrees after or during their professional careers.

Also earning an undergraduate degree today were active Clemson football players Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
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and Brandon FordBrandon Ford
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. That will give Clemson five current football players who have their degrees when the Tigers open the 2012 season against Auburn in the Georgia Dome. Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
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, Rashard HallRashard Hall
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and Jaron BrownJaron Brown
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earned degrees earlier. More could be added to the list after the August graduation.

Two Clemson men’s basketball players and four women’s basketball players earned undergraduate degrees on Friday. Andre Young and Catalin “Bobo” Baciu walked across the stage in the facility where they performed for the Tigers basketball team the last four years. They join classmates Tanner Smith and Bryan Narcisse as Clemson graduates off this year’s team.

The Lady Tigers who earned degrees on Friday included Lauren Couch, Lindsey Mason, Shaniqua Paldo and Lindsey Welker.

Women’s track athlete Alyssa Kulik, one of the most decorated athletes at Clemson, also earned her degree on Friday. Kulik, the ACC Steeplechase champion this year, also won an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship last week, one of just three Clemson athletes honored.

The Clemson men’s swimming program had eight graduates on Friday, including Seth Broster, a chemical engineering major who won an NCAAA Postgraduate Scholarship this year.

The story of the day belonged to Clemson women’s tennis athletes Josipa Bek and Keri Wong. The tennis players began the day helping Clemson to a 4-0 victory over Arizona State in the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament in Athens, GA. It was Bek’s 223rd career win, tying Jodi Trucks (1980-84) for the all-time school record for combined singles and doubles wins in a career. Wong got her 220th career win to rank third.

After the match they drove with their parents, back to Clemson to go through the 6:30 PM graduation ceremony at Littlejohn Coliseum. At the conclusion of the ceremony they were to drive back to Athens to get ready for Clemson’s second round match Saturday at Georgia.

Clemson starting designated hitter Phil Pohl could also have an active weekend of ceremonies and athletic events. He graduated on Friday and then will begin a three-game baseball series against the nation’s number-one team, Florida State, one Saturday night. Pohl is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award this year.

Clemson Student-Athletes Graduation, May 11, 2012
	Name	Sport	Major
	Charles Henderson	Men’s Swimming	Biological Sciences
	Seth Broster	Men’s Swimming	Chemical Engineering
	Alex Carr	Men’s Swimming	Civil Engineering
	Scott Clary	Men’s Swimming	Chemical Engineering
	Christopher Reinke	Men’s Swimming	Civil Engineering
	Derek Barre	Men’s Swimming	Management
	Harry Foster	Men’s Swimming	Financial Management
	David Groseclose	Men’s Swimming	Construction Science
	Constance Gorman	Rowing	Biological Sciences
	Sarah Young	Rowing	Animal and Veterinary Sciences
	Rebecca Brown	Rowing	Bioengineering
	Breanne Przestrzelski	Rowing	Bioengineering
	Taylor Hoynacki	Rowing	Communications Studies
	Sarah Daanen	Rowing	Language & International Health
	Kristen Agee	Rowing	Sociology
	McKenzie Dubrul	Rowing	Economics
	Leah Kelly	Rowing	Psychology
	Katharine Mosier	Rowing	Marketing
	Kerry McLaughlin	Women’s Swimming	Biological Sciences
	Sarah Bechard	Women’s Swimming	Psychology
	Kelly Fowler	Women’s Swimming	Psychology
	Brooke George	Women’s Swimming	Marketing
	Cassidy Self	Women’s Swimming	Marketing
	Sarah Smith	Women’s Swimming	Architecture
	Maddie Tarantolo	Women’s Swimming	Communications Studies
	J.K. JayJ.K. Jay
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	Scotty CooperScotty Cooper
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Lake City, SC
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	Marquan JonesMarquan Jones
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#26 5-10, 195
Columbia, SC
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	Justin Miller	Football	PRTM (Sports Management)
	Daniel AndrewsDaniel Andrews
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#41 5-11, 205
Jacksonville, FL
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	Xavier Brewer	Football	Psychology
	Steven DemarasSteven Demaras
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Westford, MA
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	Brandon Ford	Football	Sociology
	William Harrison	Football	Management
	Carlton LewisCarlton Lewis
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St. Augustine, FL
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	Drew TraylorDrew Traylor
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Birmingham, AL
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	Sam Van GiesonSam Van Gieson
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Greer, SC
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	Andre Young	Men’s Basketball	Health Science
	Catalin Baciu	Men’s Basketball	Sociology
	Ryan Hinson	Baseball	PRTM (Sports Management)
	Phil Pohl	Baseball	Management
	Justin Murdock	Men’s Track	Communications Studies
	Charlton Rolle	Men’s Track	Psychology
	Brittany Fennell	Volleyball	Health Science
	Lauen Couch	Women’s Basketball	Health Science
	Lindsey Mason	Women’s Basketball	Nursing
	Shaniqua Paldo	Women’s Basketball	PRTM
	Lindsey Welker	Women’s Basketball	Health Science
	Ashlynne Bass	Women’s Soccer	Visual Arts
	Sarah Jacobs	Women’s Soccer	Mathematics Teaching
	Alyssa Kulik	Women’s Track	Modern Languages
	Brannon Sulka	Women’s Track	History
	Danielle Curry	Women’s Track	Economics
	Alex Boyd	Golf	Management
	Brewer Bradshaw	Golf	Marketing
	David Dannelly	Golf	Economics
	Francklin Blaise	Men’s Soccer	Psychology
	Nick Burton	Men’s Soccer	Psychology
	Josipa Bek	Women’s Tennis	Management
	Nelly Ciolkowski	Women’s Tennis	Management
	Keri Wong	Women’s Tennis	Management
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