29 Student Athletes Graduate in 2011 Fall Term
Dec. 12, 2011
AUBURN-- A total of 29 Auburn student-athletes graduated as part of Auburn University's Fall 2011 graduating class on Monday in Auburn Arena. The graduates represent 11 of Auburn's sport programs, including five each from football, men's swimming and diving and women's track and field, three each from soccer and equestrian, two each from women's swimming and diving and volleyball and one each from men's basketball, women's basketball, gymnastics and softball.
"When student-athletes make a decision to attend Auburn University, they realize that we are committed to their academic success and their athletic success," said Gary Waters, Sr. Associate Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Support Services. "With that being said, our primary goal is to make sure our student-athletes are prepared for the day when their athletic career comes to an end.
"We want their athletic career to last as long as our student-athletes would like. However, if our student-athletes have a degree in hand like the 29 student-athletes that graduated today, they will be well prepared for the next stage of their life. We congratulate our student-athletes, their families and their friends. We share in their pride today."
The five football graduates include Dashaun Barnes (Tallahassee, Fla.), Chandler Brooks (Huntsville, Ala.), Eltoro Freeman (Alexander City, Ala.), Josh Harris (Carrollton, Ga.) and Davis Hooper (Montgomery, Ala.).
The five from men's swimming and diving are Adam Klein (New Orleans, La.), Robert Looney (Shreveport, La.), Dan Mazzaferro (Cheshire, Conn.), who earned his master's degree, Kohlton Norys (Visalia, Calif.) and Jared White (Matthews, N.C.).
The five from women's track and field are Cache Armbrister (Nassau, Bahamas), Krystal Bodie (Nassau, Bahamas), Ashley Cruder (Denver, Colo.), Sheniqua Ferguson (Nassau, Bahamas) and Latoya Parkinson (Weston, Fla.).
The two from women's swimming and diving are Caitlin Geary (Orlando, Fla.) and Erica Meissner (Ashburnham, Mass.) while the two from volleyball are Morgan Johns (Mobile, Ala.) and Lauren Mellor (Colfax, Wash.).
The graduate from men's basketball is Frankie Sullivan (Uniontown, Ala.) along with Chantel Hilliard (Biloxi, Miss.) of women's basketball, Katie Hurley (Wrentham, Mass.) of gymnastics and Caitlin Stangl (Buffalo, N.Y.) of softball.
There were two Rhodes Scholar finalists, eight All-Americans, four SEC Champions, one All-SEC member, one SEC Player of the Year, one Academic All-American, three SEC Scholar Athletes of the Year, three SEC Academic Honor Roll members, one Cliff Hare Award recipient, one Leah Rawls Atkins Award recipient, one SEC Commissioner's Trophy winner and one Academic All-District.
The 29 graduates collectively hail from 14 states and two countries.
2011 FALL GRADUATES