KSU student-athletes receive degrees

By The Mercury

Kansas State conducted its spring commencement exercises on Saturday and among those receiving degrees were 56 current or former Wildcat student-athletes.

Highlighting the 56 graduates on the weekend were 15 men’s and women’s track and field athletes, 13 members of the K-State football team, 11 rowers, six from the equestrian team, three members of the men’s and women’s golf teams, two each from men’s and women’s basketball and women’s tennis and also two from volleyball.

“One of the top priorities and goals of having a model intercollegiate athletics program is to provide our student-athletes with a world-class experience and the opportunity to earn their degree,” said Jill Shields, senior associate athletic airector for Student Services. “These individuals have displayed a tremendous amount of commitment and determination during their time at K-State and they are to be commended for this accomplishment.”

K-State, which has led the Big 12 in overall graduation rate four of the past five seasons, has had another outstanding academic year in 2011-12.

Tysyn Hartman was a Campbell Trophy Finalist and NFF National Scholar Athlete in 2011, while a combined 430 student-athletes were named to the Spring 2011 and Fall 2012 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

K-State also was the lone Big 12 school and one of just five in the nation this year to advance to a bowl game and win games in the NCAA volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball tournaments.

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