30 UT athletes graduating

University of Tennessee student-athletes excel both on the field and in the classroom, and because of this commitment 30 Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols will walk across the stage to receive their diplomas Saturday, continuing UT Athletics' commitment to academic excellence.

Graduation ceremonies for various colleges began on Wednesday and continue through Friday, with the final University Commencement Ceremony taking place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. A post-graduation reception will be held for graduating student-athletes, their families and coaches at 11:30 a.m. at the Thornton Center on the UT Knoxville campus.

"This weekend is about the great accomplishment of all our graduates at the University of Tennessee," said director of men's athletics Mike Hamilton. "For our student-athletes, they have worked extremely hard in the classroom and should be very proud of earning their degrees."

"I'm extremely proud of our student-athletes that are graduating this weekend," said director of women's athletics Joan Cronan. "Our goal is to build champions while winning championships, and these student-athletes exemplify that mission, both in the classroom and the athletic arena."

Media interested in talking with any of the student-athlete graduates are invited to attend the post-graduation reception for student-athletes, their families and coaches at the Thornton Center this Saturday, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The graduates include two former Tennessee student-athletes that returned to the University in Shawn Griffin and Danny Wiltz, both baseball players who completed their degree requirements through the Thornton Center's Renewing Academic Commitment program (RAC). The RAC program assists former student-athletes by providing advice on remaining degree requirements, course scheduling, tutoring, employment and internship opportunities, as well as the use of the Thornton Center for their everyday needs.

The following is a list of the 2010 Tennessee student-athlete December graduates:

Baseball

Shawn Griffin (RAC)

Cody Grisham

Danny Wiltz (RAC)

Men's Basketball

Michael Hubert

Steven Pearl

Women's Basketball

Vicki Baugh

Football

Chad Cunningham

Ben Martin

LaMarcus Thompson

Chris Walker

Men's Golf

David Holmes

Women's Golf

Ginny Brown

Diana Cantú

Rowing

Libuse Bruncvíková

Laura Miller

Soccer

Molly Baird

Softball

Nicole Kajitani

Erinn Webb

Swimming and Diving

Alex Barsanti

Michael Muscari

Men's Tennis

Davey Sandgren

Women's Tennis

Zsófia Zubor

Track and Field

Michael Brodsky

Samdi Fraser

Nathan Grace

John Hewitt

Jená Murphy

Evander Wells

Phoebe Wright

Volleyball

Leah Hinkey


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