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EKU Logo 1RICHMOND, Ky. – During Eastern Kentucky University’s spring commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday, 45 student-athletes earned their college degrees.

These graduates majored in such fields as biology, criminal justice, business, environmental health science, accounting, marketing, sport management, occupational safety, globalization and international affairs, history, medical laboratory science, public relations, graphic design, occupational therapy, sociology and dietetics.

Seventeen Colonels will graduate with honors.  Ben Fisher, Tyler Swafford, Kelly Wood and Tori Anderson graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.9-4.0 GPA).  Caleb Johnson, Jared Bowling, Amos Kosgey, Katie Pippen, Emilie Simmons, Alex Sallberg, Marina Marti Hernanz and Katherine Koplyay graduated Magna Cum Laude (3.7-3.89 GPA).  Jeffrey Canady, Avery Pitt, Henry Earl, Mariah Massengill and Jaime Perales graduated Cum Laude (3.5-3.69 GPA).

The 2017 spring graduates included:  Ben Fisher (baseball), Caleb Johnson (baseball), Brian Mroz (baseball), Eric Nerl (baseball), Matt Olive (baseball), Logan Starnes (baseball), Daniel Parke (men’s basketball), Jared Bowling (football), Tim Boyle (football), Matt Howard (football), Jeffrey Canady (football), Dan Crimmins (football), Xavier Garcia (football), Ryan Garretson (football), Tyler Malone (football), Barton Mann (football), Jacky Marcellus (football), Avery Pitt (football), Billy Reid (football/men’s track & field), LaJuan Smith (football), Tyler Swafford (football), Bryson Williams (football), Henry Earl (men’s track & field/cross country), Amos Kosgey (men’s track & field/cross country), Ambrose Maritim (men’s track & field/cross country), Jaime Perales (men’s track & field), Michaela Hunter (women’s basketball), Mariah Massengill (women’s basketball), Shavontae Naylor (women’s basketball), Jalen O’Bannon (women’s basketball), Katie Pippen (women’s basketball), Deja Robinson (women’s basketball), Zee Willix (women’s basketball), Sofie Levin (women’s golf), Emilie Simmons (women’s golf), Krislyn Campos (softball), Alex Sallberg (softball), Kelly Wood (softball), Mikayla Brillon (women’s soccer), Cassandra Smith (women’s soccer), Marina Marti Hernanz (women’s tennis), Megan Kiely (women’s track & field), Katherine Koplyay (women’s track & field), Ann Tum (women’s track & field/cross country) and Tori Anderson (volleyball).

Representatives from 15 of the 17 varsity sports received their degrees this weekend.

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