Student-Athletes Receive Diplomas At Fall Commencement Ceremony

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – A total of 21 Drake University student-athletes representing five teams received their diplomas during Drake University’s 139th commencement ceremonies this weekend at the Knapp Center.Those receiving their degrees – the ultimate goal of all Drake student-athletes – include Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District selections, an MVC Elite 18 Award Winner and seven student-athletes who earned academic all-conference honors this past season. Nineteen have also been a part of teams that have won a conference championship at Drake, nine have earned all-conference honors and one, football’s John Hugunin, has garnered All-America honors on the playing field.Saturday’s commencement ceremonies add to the achievements of what has been a banner era for Drake student-athletes in the classroom.  The Bulldogs are coming off one of their strongest academic years in athletic department history. In 2014-15, all 18 of Drake’s teams maintained a 3.0 or higher grade point average. Also, 76.5 percent of Drake student-athletes recorded a 3.0 or higher GPA. A total of 46 Bulldogs finished the season with perfect 4.0 GPAs as half of Drake’s teams recorded their highest team GPAs in program history. As a result, Drake was honored by the Missouri Valley Conference with its second straight All-Academic Award, given annually to the program with the highest cumulative GPA.The Bulldogs’ fall  graduates include seven student-athletes graduating either cum laude or magna cum laude.Below are the student-athletes receiving their bachelor’s degrees this weekend.Women’s BasketballCara Lutes – Elementary Education – Magna Cum LaudeFootballJack Beck – Marketing – Cum LaudeJohn Bloss – Marketing, ManagementCam Bohnert – MarketingDevon Dodds – Entrepreneurial Management, MarketingBrad Duwe – Health SciencesMichael Hudson – ManagementJohn Hugunin – Secondary EducationAaron Johnson – Law, Politics & Society – Cum LaudeJohn McMahon – MarketingEzekiel Okeleye – Public Relations, AdvertisingBob Quilico, Jr. – Accounting/FinanceAndy Rice – Marketing, Management – Magna Cum LaudeColton Rodgers – Information Systems, MarketingGary Scott, Jr. – ManagementLee Snell – MarketingMichael Vankat – Accounting, Finance – Cum LaudeMen’s SoccerAlec Bartlett – Biology – Cum LaudeKyle Whigham –Health SciencesSoftballHayley Nybo – Secondary Education/English – Cum LaudeWomen’s TennisNell Boyd – AdvertisingPrint Friendly Versionlast_img

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