Bridgewater earns degree

LSU basketball player Brad Bridgewater joined his teammate Collis Temple III in the unique situation of having earned his college degree while still having playing eligibility left Thursday when the senior-to-be from New Roads was awarded his degree in General Studies at LSU's summer commencement exercises at the Maravich Assembly Center.

Bridgewater will join Temple in working toward Master's degrees while playing college basketball.

Temple received his undergraduate degree in the summer of 2001.

In all, a total of 14 student-athletes received degrees at the exercises, including Bridgewater's former teammate, four-year letterman Jermaine Williams of Baton Rouge. Williams received his degree in Sociology.

In women's basketball, former Lady Tiger star and present member of the Detroit WNBA franchise, Elaine Powell, was scheduled to receive her degree in Kinesiology.

Five athletes received Master's degrees at the ceremony: Christian Bourgeois, Jennifer Conrad Garcia, Sean Keenan, Christopher Loupe and Charles Thomas.

The following is a list of the graduates by school:

AGRICULTURE - Somalia Lindsey, Track/Soccer (Merchandising).

ARTS & SCIENCES - Brad Bridgewater, Basketball (General Studies); Wendy Gutierrez, Soccer (General Studies); Craig Taylor, Golf (General Studies); Jermaine Williams, Basketball (Sociology).

BUSINESS - Michael Beckers, Golf (General Business).

EDUCATION - Elaine Powell, Basketball (Kinesiology); Chucky Son, Baseball (Kinesiology).

ENGINEERING - Dechelle Mack, Track (Electrical/Computer Engineering)

GRADUATE SCHOOL - Christian Bourgeois, Baseball (Education); Jennifer Conrad Garcia, Gymnastics (Education); Sean Keenan, Swimming (Oceanography); Christopher Loupe, Golf (Finance); Charles Thomas, Football (Education).


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