19 Student-Athletes and Assistants to Graduate Friday

By Jared Verner published May 23, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - When more than 1,100 students receive degrees at the Colorado Springs World Arena on Friday, 19 University of Colorado Colorado Springs student-athletes and assistants will be among the graduates. For the first time in UCCS history, the commencement will be split between two ceremonies.

The list includes former student-athletes who completed their eligibility, student-athletes with eligibility who will graduate with a bachelor's degree and continue graduate work, student workers and members of the student media who covered the Mountain Lion athletic department. The graduate have led UCCS to three conference championships, a pair of top 15 finishes at the national championships and combined for 19 All-RMAC awards.

Mountain Lion student-athletes have maintained an NCAA Academic Success Rate of 75 percent or greater in the past three years, and an ASR better than the national average in those three years. UCCS student-athletes have finished a collective grade point average of 3.00 or greater in the last 17 consecutive semesters.

Graduates in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will participate in commencement exercises at 11:30 a.m., with graduates of the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the College of Business and Administration, the School of Public Affairs, the College of Education and the College of Engineering and Applied Science will go through commencement at 3:30 p.m. In addition to UCCS Chancellor Dr. Pamela Shockley-Zalabak and CU President Dr. Bruce Benson, CU Distinguished Service Award receipient Tucker Hart Adams will address the graduates at both ceremonies.

A live stream of both commencement ceremonies will be available at uccs.edu/commencement. The ceremony will also be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 20 in Colorado Springs and Broadband Channel 77 in Falcon. There is no limit for the number of guests for each graduate.

Name Sport/Department Hometown
Spencer Biersdorff Golf Nevada City, Calif.
Kyle Clark Men's Basketball Lakewood, Calif.
Alex Colvin Women's Track & Field Monument, Colo.
Luke Dakin Men's Cross Country / Track & Field Louisville, Colo.
Landry Davis Softball Chandler, Ariz.
Mike English Men's Cross Country / Track & Field Thornton, Colo.
Alan Ford Men's Track & Field Colorado Springs, Colo.
Bryan Forget Sports Information Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jenna Gist Women's Soccer Pueblo, Colo.
Martin Hines UCCS Radio Richardson, Texas
Sara Kettelkamp Women's Cross Country / Track & Field Pueblo, Colo.
Lara Mathewson Softball Lakewood, Colo.
Erin Milburn Softball Anthem, Ariz.
Justin Shalongo Men's Soccer Quito, Ecuador
Mash Shaswar Men's Soccer London, England
Lindsey Stich Volleyball San Antonio, Texas
Michael Tilghman Golf Castle Rock, Colo.
Marissa Wallace Softball Farmington, N.M.
Lauren Wolfinger Women's Basketball Longmont, Colo.
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