Forty-nine Student-Athletes Graduate on Friday

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Forty-nine Student-Athletes Graduate on Friday

BATON ROUGE — Rodney Reed and Randall Gay, two key members of LSU’s national champion football team, softball All-America Kristin Schmidt along with track and field All-Americans Marian Burnett and Levar Anderson highlighted a list of 49 student-athletes who graduated from LSU here on Friday.

The student-athletes, along with the other 3,000-plus LSU graduates, were treated to a commencement speech from President George Bush, the first sitting president to speak at an LSU graduation exercise.

In addition to his message to the graduates, which called LSU one of “America’s flagship universities”, President Bush also recognized the efforts of LSU’s national championships in women’s track and field and football.

“I know you’re especially proud of your mighty national champs, the finest athletes to wear the LSU jersey, the Lady Tigers of the women’s track team,” President Bush said. “Plus you have a pretty good football team too.”

Of the 49 student-athlete graduates, seven received their Master’s degree. The list of graduate school student-athletes include Wendell York (football), Lauren Cuyler (volleyball) and Charles Lee (golf) in business administration, Mandy Leach (swimming) in kinesiology, Blake Theriot (track) in public administration, Rodney Reed (football) in accounting, and William Tanner (swimming) in civil engineering.

Reed, a four-year starter at offensive tackle for the Tigers, graduated with a 4.0 grade point average in accounting. Reed, who recently signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons, is the first LSU football player to be named First Team Academic All-America twice.

Devon Day of women’s golf earned the University Medal after posting a perfect 4.0 grade point average in mass communications.

2004 LSU Student-Athlete Spring Graduates

Agriculture
Jennifer Reeves Softball Family & Consumer Science

Arts & Sciences
Lindsay Beddow* Gymnastics Psychology
Marian Burnett Track General Studies
Michael Jotautas Swimming General Studies
Keith Nunez Track General Studies
Kristin Schmidt Softball Political Science
Charles Thompson** Basketball General Studies
Torran Williams Football General Studies
*cum laude ** summa cum laude

Art & Design
Marina Degteva* Gymnastics Interior Design
*magna cum laude

Basic Sciences
Jeremy Burnham Football Biological Sciences
Ross Cockrell Football Biological Sciences

Business Administration
Sarah Bailey* Track Marketing
Blaise DeRouen** Volleyball Accounting
Bryan Fisher** Tennis Marketing
Jeffrey Fisher Track Accounting
Katrina Flanders Track Accounting
Ashley Gardner Track Management
Randall Gay Football Marketing
Brandon Nowlin Football General Business
Brad Sowa Track Marketing
Marcus Toft*** Swimming Finance
*cum laude **magna cum laude ***summa cum laude

Education
Levar Anderson Track Kinesiology
Thomas Barrett Football Secondary Education
Artie Brown* Soccer Kinesiology
Nathan Goulding Golf Kinesiology
Michael Hilton Track Secondary Education
Luke Kinnard Track Kinesiology
Katie Kubena Volleyball Elementary Education
Shanyn MacEachern Gymnastics Elementary Education
Chris Phillips Baseball Kinesiology
Garrett Prather Golf Kinesiology
Maria Romero Track Kinesiology
Althea Thomas Track Kinesiology
Julie Wiese Softball Kinesiology
*cum laude

Engineering
James Moon Swimming Electrical Engineering
Jonathan Shensky Football Construction Management
Geoffry Thompson Football Construction Management

Mass Communication
Devon Day* Golf Mass Communication
Patty Hanten Women’s Basketball Mass Communications
Catherine Miltenberger Swimming Mass Communication
Sebastian Rutka Tennis Mass Communication
Bonnie White Tennis Mass Communication
*University Medalist – 4.0

Graduate School
Lauren Cuyler Volleyball Business Administration
Mandy Leach Swimming Kinesiology
Charles Lee Golf Business Administration
Rodney Reed Football Accounting
William Tanner Swimming Civil Engineering
Blake Theriot Track Public Administration
Wendell York Football Business Administration