Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow commended the student-athletes on achieving the ultimate goal. "You hit the mark," she told them. "We're so very proud of you." Yow also continued her annual tradition of leading the graduates in a resounding rendition of the school fight song.
Mike Rose, who will return for his senior campaign with the Wolfpack football squad in 2015, provided the student-athlete reflection at the event. He drew many laughs, but also spoke from the heart as he thanked Interim Director of ASPSA Katie Sheridan.
"It takes a village to raise a child," said Rose -- the first person in his family to earn a four-year degree, "and it took the entire NC State University to raise me. I am so very proud of all of us for making it so far in life and I know you will not be content letting this moment be the last great achievement you will ever have."