Missouri State Student-Athletes Complete Degrees

Dec. 12, 2013

SPRINGFIELD -- A total of 28 current and former Missouri State University student-athletes will receive their degrees Friday (Dec. 13) during fall commencement ceremonies at JQH Arena on the Springfield campus.

Baseball, football and men's soccer led all programs with the most undergraduate degrees conferred this fall with four apiece.  Women's swimming and diving as well as women's track and field will each graduate three student-athletes. Other sports represented in the fall 2013 graduating class are women's soccer (2), softball (2), men's basketball (1), men's swimming and diving (1), women's basketball (1) and field hockey (1).

The 2013 fall graduation list also includes two student-athletes graduating with master's degrees and six with academic honors. Baseball player Jerrod White will receive an MSED in Special Education, while women's swimmer Dimitra Drakopoulou will earn an MS in Mental Health Counseling.

Track and cross country performer Emily Beaver has earned summa cum laude honors (3.90-4.00 GPA), while cum laude honors (3.50-3.74 GPA) were bestowed on baseball player Brent Seifert, softball player Madison Hargrove, women's soccer standout Rachel Weimer and women's swimmers Kaylee Steffen and Drakopoulou. Both Beaver and women's swimmer Zenetta Slabbert completed their undergraduate work in the honor's college.

By sport, here are the student-athletes completing their degrees in December 2013:

•    Baseball (5): Dan Kickham (Psychology), Keenen Maddox (Entertainment Management), Clay Murphy (Physical Education), Brent Seifert (Physical Education), Jerrod White (MSED, Special Education).
•    Men's Basketball (1): Jarmar Gulley (Criminology).
•    Football (4): Duane Atteberry (Criminology), Justin Aumen (Exercise & Movement Science), Colton Doss (Administrative Management), Matt Thayer (Criminology).
•    Men's Soccer (4): Jarred Clark (Entrepreneurship), Jared Gain (Entrepreneurship), Ben Griffiths (Logistics & Supply Chain Management), Trevor Spangenberg (Criminology).
•    Men's Swimming & Diving (1): Jacob Sims (Advertising & Promotion).
•    Women's Basketball (1): Aly Stock (Special Education).
•    Field Hockey (1): Emily Brcic (Hospitality & Restaurant Administration).
•    Softball (2): Caitlin Chapin (Exercise & Movement Science), Madison Hargrove (Dietetics).
•    Women's Soccer (2): Jessica Roberts (Exercise & Movement Science), Rachel Weimer (Psychology).
•    Women's Swimming & Diving (4): Zenetta Slabbert (Biology), Ali Stauffer (Physical Education), Kaylee Steffen (Elementary Education), Dimitra Drakopoulou (MS, Mental Health Counseling).
•    Women's Track & Field (3): Emily Beaver (English Education), Kimsue Grant (Accounting), Alexandria Oembler (Exercise & Movement Science).

The afternoon ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the evening ceremony at 4 p.m. at JQH Arena and will feature addresses from General Karen E. Dyson in the afternoon and Dr. Arthur Mallory, Missouri State Bronze Bear recipient, in the evening. All ceremonies will be streamed live on www.MissouriState.edu/commencement, the source for all graduation information.

In all, a total of 978 bachelor’s degrees, 396 master’s degrees, four specialist degrees and one doctorate degree will be conferred. Beyond the standard expectations, 42 students will be recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. Scholastic honors will be given to 27 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 59 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 103 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).