21 Huskers Earn Degrees Saturday

A strong class of 21 Husker student-athletes will earn their bachelor's degrees from the University of Nebraska during summer commencement exercises at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday morning.

A pair of current Nebraska football players - Mike McNeill and Mike Smith - will both earn their undergraduate degrees as marketing majors while participating in NU's fall camp heading into their senior seasons for Coach Bo Pelini.

Two starters from Coach Doc Sadler's men's basketball program will also earn their degrees, as 2010 seniors Ryan Anderson and Sek Henry will both graduate.

Coach Chuck Chmelka's men's gymnastics team features the most summer graduates, with Adrion Hernandez, Tony Maras, John Robinson and Josh Rusler, all collecting their diplomas on Saturday morning. Coach Rhonda Revelle's Nebraska softball team added three graduates (Crystal Gonzalez, Alex Hupp, Brittany Pascale), as did Coach Gary Pepin's track and field squad (Jack Lemke, Robert Rands, Danielle Anderson).

Coach John Walker's NU soccer program added a pair of graduates (McKensie Kirchner, Brittany Pfeil), as did Coach Pablo Morales' swimming and diving program (Kelsey Ida, Audrey Kruse) and Morgan Hicks' rifle team (Christine Costello, Amanda Jeffries). Coach Mike Anderson's Husker baseball team added former pitcher and Lincoln native Brian Rodaway to the list of graduates.

The Husker graduating class provides an exciting mixture of student-athletes who came from near and far to call Nebraska home during their collegiate careers. Nebraska's 2010 May graduates came to Nebraska from 14 states, while also featuring six Nebraska natives.

The summer graduating class of 21 is added to NU's 70 May graduates and 37 December graduates to bring the total number of Husker student-athletes graduating during the 2009-10 academic year to 128. Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the nation with an exhausted eligibility graduation rate of 94 percent, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (277) and NCAA Top Eight Award winners (16) across all sports.

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