Monday, August 06, 2012

FAMU student athletes have strong showing at commencement

In the final commencement ceremony of the 2011-2012 school year, 11 student athletes received their degrees. That brought the total for the three academic semesters this year to 64.

Highlighting this term's graduates are All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) performers Jasmin Donaldson (softball/pictured), Shelley Anthony (football) and Leon Hunt (track).

FAMU Athletic Director Derek Horne said he was pleased with the academic accomplishments of the student athletes.

"We expect that the athletes we bring in understand that they are here for a degree first and to be involved in athletics second. Our goal is not only to produce successful teams on the field of play, but successful individuals once their playing days are over. With 64 unique success stories this academic year, we could not be more proud that we are providing a nurturing environment for our student-athletes to complete their degrees," Horne said.

The commencement ceremony was held at the plush Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Interim President Larry Robinson presided over the graduation ceremony, while Jacob Chapel Baptist Church Pastor O. Jermaine Simmons delivered the commencement address.

Simmons challenged the graduating class with the them "Now What?" "After you've completed this segment of your life, now what? It's up to you to go back and help somebody else," Simmons said. he also warned the graduated to guard their social media. "When you apply for a job, your employer knows you before he ever meets you, by checking your Twitter feed and Facebook timeline," he added.

Robinson riled up the crowd with a resounding rendition of the Rattler charge to close out graduation.

The Rattler football team produced five graduates: Saf Ahmad (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Shelley Anthony (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Joshua Newkirk (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology), Marquiste Ramos (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice) and Franklin Carter (Bachelor's Degree in History).

Six sports produced one graduate each: Jasmin Donaldson (Softball: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Jeanette Hulse (Women's Track: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Christian Rateree (Women's Basketball: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Shepherd Archie, III (Golf: Bachelor's Degree in Biology), Chelsea Pennick (Volleyball: Bachelor's Degree in Health Science) and Leon Hunt (Men's Track: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration).

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