Twenty-Four Current and Former Student Athletes Will Earn Degrees Friday

SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University will confer 24 degrees to current and former student-athletes during commencement ceremonies Friday at JQH Arena in Springfield.

One of the student-athletes, football standout David Arkin, received scholastic honors as a cum laude graduate, while two received graduate degrees.

Football had the most individual graduates with six, followed by women’s track and field with five and women’s swimming and diving with four. In all, nine sports were represented in the fall 2010 graduating class.

By sport, the Fall 2010 Missouri State student-athlete graduates are as follows:

Field Hockey (2)
Katherine Aslin** (Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security & Defense), Amanda Miyashita (Psychology).

Football (6)
David Arkin* (Construction Management), Sam Block (Individualized Major), Jason Bromley (Construction Management), Derek Miller (Cell & Molecular Biology), Waylon Richardet (Construction Management), Skylar Smith (Real Estate).

Men’s Soccer (2)
Alex Riggs (General Business), Kyle Windmueller (Hospitality & Restaurant Administration).

Women’s Soccer (1)
Samantha Aguilar (Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

Softball (1)
Dusti Foster (Criminology).

Men’s Swimming & Diving (1)
Nicolas Villarroel (Psychology).

Women’s Swimming & Diving (4)
Heather Fulton (Finance), Sara Griffith (Spanish), Breanna Hollar (Sociology), Matana Wellman (Administrative Management).

Women’s Track & Field (5)
Cortenee Boulard (Psychology), Mareneika Goffe (Cell & Molecular Biology), Zaleika Goffe (Cell & Molecular Biology), Alexandria Oembler (Cell & Molecular Biology), Deandrea Rolle (Biology).

Volleyball (2)
Addie Foley (Hospitality & Restaurant Administration), Nikki Vandepopulier** (Master of Science in Sports Management).


A total of 1,460 degrees will be conferred by the University on Friday, including 1,011 bachelor’s degrees, 444 master’s degrees and five specialist degrees. Beyond the standard expectations, 43 students will be recognized for their work with a more rigorous curriculum in Missouri State’s Honors College. Scholastic honors will be given to 34 students who will graduate summa cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 on a 4.0 scale), 54 who will graduate magna cum laude (with a GPA of 3.75-3.89) and 120 who will graduate cum laude (with a GPA of 3.5-3.74).