Drake Student-Athletes Set To Receive Degrees

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – A total of 47 Drake University student-athletes from 11 different sports will receive their diploma at Drake University’s 140th commencement ceremonies this weekend at the Knapp Center.This group of distinct and successful student-athletes include four Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 Award winners, two who earned first team all-conference academic honors this past season and multiple MVC Scholar of the Week winners. Nine of the graduates are MVC Presidents Council Award honorees that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.80 or better and nine will graduate either summa cum laude or magna cum laude. Athletically, eight of the graduates have earned all-conference honors this season.Saturday’s commencement puts the finishing touches on another outstanding academic year for the Bulldogs. During the fall semester, 69 percent of the student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher grade point average. A total of 17 Drake student-athletes currently maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA.Additionally, for the second year in a row, Drake was presented with the Missouri Valley Conference All-Academic Award, given to the school with the highest overall GPA in the conference during the 2014-15 season. Below are the student-athletes scheduled to receive their diplomas this weekend. During the year’s earlier fall commencement, 21 student-athletes received their degrees. Here are those recipients.Men’s SoccerAustin Reutzel – Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular BiologyAlex Troester – Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology – Mortar Board, Summa Cum LaudeBrandon Welter – MathematicsWomen’s SoccerMariah Boncek – Biology – Cum LaudeKylie DeHaven – Marketing – Cum LaudeRhian Pritchard – Accounting, International Business – Magna Cum LaudeTricia White – Marketing, International BusinessRowingAshley Beall – EnglishKelsey Leahy – Advertising, Account ManagementAlex Lueck – Actuarial Science, FinanceTristina Meister – Graphic DesignBri Varela – Elementary Teacher Education – Summa Cum LaudeWomen’s TennisMariel Ante – Biology – Biology Honor SocietyJordan Eggleston – Advertising – CreativeMaddie Johnson – PsychologyLea Kozulic – International BusinessMen’s TennisBen Lott – ManagementFootballPhil Hespen – SociologyJordan Siebert – MathematicsAl Wegener – ChemistryMason Massei  – MarketingBryan Pisklo – Accounting/Finance – Cum LaudeWomen’s GolfKatie Clausen – Marketing – Summa Cum LaudeMen’s GolfBlake Huser – ManagementWill McDonald – MarketingMen’s Track & Field/XCRyan Cook – Secondary Teacher EducationSean Buczek – Physics, MathematicsZach Elkins – Psychology, Computer Science Ali Jandal – Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology, Chemistry – Summa Cum LaudeRobert McCann – Mathematics, Actuarial Science – Summa Cum LaudeJames Saxton – Biology – Summa Cum LaudeDavid Silkman – Health Sciences – Cum LaudePierce Vincent – PsychologyWomen’s Track & Field/XCCassie Aerts – Elementary Teacher Education – Summa Cum LaudeKathryn Ambrose – Psychology – Magna Cum LaudeCeleste Arteaga – Health SciencesKayla Bell – Psychology  – Summa Cum LaudeLaura Gann – Psychology, SociologyVirginia Hill – English, Law, Politics & SocietyEmma Huston – Biology, Environmental Science – Summa Cum LaudeTaylor Scholl – International Business/MarketingDestani Welch – PsychologyVolleyballKatie Allen – MarketingShelby Daum – Marketing, Entrepreneurial ManagementRebecca Brown – Public RelationsScarlett Howerter – Health SciencesPrint Friendly Versionlast_img