Graduation weekend at Penn State is here, and student athletes will be walking across the stage and receiving diplomas in record numbers over the next few days.
According to a press release, 109 student athletes from 26 different athletic programs will be taking part in this weekend’s ceremonies along with seven Penn State cheerleaders and five Lionettes.
A few notable names within the 109 include 4.0 student and football offensive guard John Urschel, who will be earning a master’s degree in mathematics, recently drafted defensive tackle Jordan Hill, gymnast Sharaya Musser, women’s tennis player Petra Januskova, point guard Tim Frazier, and wrestlers Quentin Wright and David Taylor.
The football team has 18 total players graduating, some of which will suit up with remaining eligibility in the fall including Urschel, linebacker Glenn Carson, defensive tackle Nate Cadogan, projected right tackle Adam Gress, and safeties Stepen Obeng-Agyapong and Malcolm Willis.
Joining Frazier (who will be back next season as a fifth-year senior) on the men’s basketball team as graduates are Sasa Borovnjak, Billy Oliver, and Nick Colella while the Lady Lions graduate Gizelle Studevent and Marisa Wolfe.
These record-setting numbers complete a rather successful academic year for Penn State athletics that saw 100 athletes receive Academic All-Big Ten honors in the fall and 64 individuals take home accolades for winter sports.
Onward State extends its congratulations to all students graduating from the university this weekend. Bring on the #culture Tweets!