Our goal is to build champions while winning championships, and these student-athletes exemplify that mission.
Joan Cronan, Tennessee women's athletics director
Sixty-two University of Tennessee student-athletes are participating this week in graduation ceremonies that began Wednesday and continue through Saturday. These graduates are on track to complete their degrees either this week or after summer semester.
“I’m extremely proud of our student-athletes that are graduating this weekend,” said director of women’s athletics Joan Cronan. “Our goal is to build champions while winning championships, and these student-athletes exemplify that mission, both in the classroom and the athletic arena.”
“This weekend is about the great accomplishment of all our graduates at the University of Tennessee,” said director of men’s athletics Mike Hamilton. “For our student-athletes, they have worked extremely hard in the classroom and should be very proud of earning their degrees.”
This year’s graduates include Turk McBride, C.J. Watson and Gibril Wilson, three former student-athletes who returned to campus and completed their degree requirements through the Thornton Center’s Renewing Academic Commitment (RAC) program. Wilson lettered in football in the 2002-03 seasons. McBride and Watson were captains for their respective sports of football and men’s basketball, and both earned varsity letters from 2003-06.
The RAC program assists former student-athletes by providing advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internship opportunities, as well as use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.
2011 Tennessee student-athlete graduates
Baseball: Rob Catapano, Political Science; Tyler Horne, Psychology; D.J. Leffler, Master’s in Education
Men’s Basketball: Josh Bone, Psychology; John Fields, Master’s in Sports Psychology; Melvin Goins, Sociology; C.J. Watson, Psychology (RAC); Brian Williams, Communication Studies
Women’s Basketball: Angie Bjorklund, Psychology; Kelley Cain, Marketing; Glory Johnson, Global Studies; Sydney Smallbone, Marketing and Logistics
Football: Minor Bowens*, Logistics; Sam Edgmon, Sport Management; Chris Eggert, Sport Management; Art Evans, Africana Studies; C.J. Fleming, Sociology Criminal Justice; Nick Guess, Logistics; Austin Johnson, Communication Studies; Ben Lehning, Sport Management; T.J. Marrs, Logistics & Transportation; Turk McBride, Sociology Criminal Justice (RAC); Tauren Poole, Sport Management; Shane Reveiz, Communication Studies; Daryl Vereen, Psychology; Gibril Wilson, Sociology (RAC)
Women’s Golf: Lauren Spurlock, Sport Management; Rebecca Watson, Management
Rowing: Marissa Bell, Journalism and Electronic Media; Rachel Dooley, Journalism and Electronic Media; Ruth Ann Johnson, Global Studies; Samantha Sedgwick, Animal Science; Melissa Toms, Journalism and Electronic Media
Soccer: Molly Delk, Exercise Science; Julie Edwards, Logistics; Tanya Emerson, Child and Family Studies; Anna Fisher, Sociology
Softball: Tiffany Huff, Master’s in Education
Men’s Swimming and Diving: Mike DeRocco, Judaic Studies and Religious Studies; Sean Letsinger, Sport Management; Derek Paul, Finance; Geoff Sanders, Chemical Engineering; Chris Winchell, Marketing;Michael Wright, Studio Art
Women’s Swimming: Farrell, Psychology; Jill Pierce, College Scholars
Men’s Tennis: Boris Conkic, Sport Management; Matteo Fago, Economics; John-Patrick Smith, Economics
Women’s Tennis: Rosalia Alda, Spanish; Jennifer Meredith, Sport Management
Men’s Track and Field: Alan Bachman, Psychology; Minor Bowens*, Logistics; Chris Rapp, Civil Engineering; >Peter Sigilai, Psychology; Michael Spooner, Communication Studies
Women’s Track and Field: Chardae Hancock, Political Science; Brittany Jones, Social Work; Holly Kane, Journalism & Electronic Media; Brittany Sheffey, Political Science; Kim White, Sociology Criminal Justice
Volleyball: Nikki Fowler, Marketing; Emily Steinbeck, Kinesiology
*Bowens participated in both football and track and field.