Sixty-one student athletes receive degrees

Sixty-one student-athletes, including Olympic Games silver medalist John Moffitt and Remmington Trophy winner Ben Wilkerson, were among the LSU students who received their degrees in ceremonies on Friday.

As 53 student-athletes earned undergraduate degrees, eight former Tigers earned postgraduate degrees, including former LSU defensive tackle and current New York Giant Chuck Wiley, who earned his master's degree in kinesiology.


Moffitt, a two-time NCAA long jump champion, highlighted the list of 20 track and field athletes who took part in the graduation ceremonies on the LSU campus. In the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, the general studies graduate took home the silver medal after finishing second to American Dwight Phillips in the long jump.


The 2004 Remmington Trophy winner, awarded to the nation's top center, Wilkerson also earned his degree in general studies. He was one of eight LSU football players to earn degrees on Friday. Among the other Tiger gridiron stars was offensive lineman Rudy Niswanger, who completed his degree in kinesiology with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, earning him summa cum laude and University Medalist honors.


Joining Wilkerson and Niswanger as LSU's football graduate during the spring commencement were linebacker Barrett Dupuy, fullback Brandon Hurley, tight end Demetri Robinson and linebacker Derek Hinds. Former center Jimmy Courtenay and Wiley earned graduate degrees in public administration and kinesiology respectively.


Baseball standouts Jason Determann, Jordan Faircloth, Nick Stavinoha and Lane Mestepey also earned degrees on Friday. Determann was a magna cum laude graduate in biological sciences and will forgo his senior season on the diamond to enroll in medical school next fall.


Faircloth, the 2005 SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient, earned his degree in political science. Mestepey, the 2001 National Freshman of the Year, earned his degree in kinesiology before earning the start tonight in the weekend series at Mississippi State, while Stavinoha, a starter in the Tiger outfield, was a management graduate.


2004 softball All-American LaDonia Hughes earned her degree in general studies. The outstanding outfielder is currently a member of the Arizona Heat in the National Pro Fastpitch League. She is joined by kinesiology graduate Sara Fitzgerald as two members of the Tiger team that made a memorable run through the Women's College World Series last spring.


Women's golfer Brooke Shelton is currently playing her final round in the 2005 NCAA Championships in Oregon. The marketing graduate stands in a tie for fourth place heading into the last day of competition.


A pair of women's soccer players, Kristin Frischhertz and Christine Haman, earned summa cum laude and magna cum laude honors respectively as they earned their degrees in psychology and geography. A pair of swimmers also earned summa cum laude honors as Leon Cannizzaro was named a University Medalist in biological sciences and Margaret Beadle also earned her degree in biological sciences.


2005 LSU Student-Athlete Spring Graduates


Track and Field (20)


Nick Accardo                            Biological Sciences


Matthew Carroll                        Biological Sciences


Jamison Carter                         General studies


Pete Coley                               Sociology


Brandon Conine                       Biological Sciences


Nadia Davy                              Sociology


Wynand Dempers                    Business Administration (Graduate School)


Katie Denton                             Nutrition


Marlon Greensword                 General Studies


Christopher Jackson                 Mass Communications


Zamyal Jackson                       Sociology


Lori Jones                                Economics


Brittany Littlejohn                       Business Administration (Graduate School)


Keioike Lutcher                         Psychology


John Moffitt                                General Studies


Robert Parham                         Economics


Tiffany Robinson                      Finance


Benjamin Shumaker                 Sociology


Peter Simon                              General Business


Ronetta Smith                           Public Administration (Graduate School)



Swimming and Diving (14)


William Alvarez                         Math


Margaret Beadle ***                 Biological Sciences


Leon Cannizzaro ****               Biological Sciences


Margot Gathings *                     Kinesiology


William Guthrie                          Landscape Architecture


Alice Hardesty                          Dietetics


Lauren Harvey                        General Business


Martin Latz                                Business Administration (Graduate School)


Donna Leslie                            Anthropology


Laurie Luttrell                            Business Administration (Graduate School)


Matthew Rucker                       General Studies


Lindsay Staak                           Kinesiology


Christopher Stanczyk               Management


Rachel Taylor                          Psychology



Football (8)


Jimmy Courtenay                     Public Administration (Graduate School)


Barrett Dupuy                           General Studies


Derek Hinds                             Kinesiology


Brandon Hurley                       Mass Communications


Rudy Niswanger ****                Kinesiology


Demetri Robinson                     General Studies


Chuck Wiley                             Kinesiology (Graduate School)


Ben Wilkerson                          General Studies



Baseball (6)


Jason Determann **                 Biological Sciences


Jordan Faircloth                       Political Science


Lane Mestepey                        Kinesiology


Ryan Richard                           Biological Sciences


Nick Stavinoha                         Management


Dustin Weaver                          General Studies



Soccer (3)


Rachel Cohen                          General studies


Kristin Frischhertz ***                Psychology


Christine Haman **                   Geography



Tennis (3)


Rocio Fantilli                             International Trade and Finance


John Gray Pou                         Business Administration (Graduate School)


Cory Ross                                Mass Communications



Gymnastics (2)


Rachel Franzella                      Elementary Education


Annie Gagnon                          Marketing



Softball (2)


Sara Fitzgerald                         Kinesiology


LaDonia Hughes                      General Studies



Men's Basketball (1)


Paul Wolfert                              Finance



Women's Golf (1)


Brooke Shelton                         Marketing



Volleyball (1)


Rachel Pittman                          Mass Communications




* - cum laude


** - magna cum laude


*** - summa cum laude


**** - summa cum laude and University Medalist

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