73 Graduating Student-Athletes Honored

RALEIGH, N.C. - Vaughn Towers at Carter-Finley Stadium was filled with pride this morning as parents, coaches, advisors and friends came together to celebrate the accomplishments of 73 graduating student-athletes at the Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes (ASPSA) annual graduation breakfast.

Jessica Baity from the women's soccer team and Luke Voiron from baseball served as the emcees for the event, which was held on the Dail Club Level. Each graduating student-athlete was presented with a special sash to wear with their red cap and gown by their head coach or a representative of their sport. Several grads were unable to attend, as they are involved in competition today.

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."

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