The Seattle University athletics department was well-represented at KeyArena at Seattle Center Sunday, as 64 students who competed within the Redhawk athletics program during the 2012-13 academic year were eligible to participate in the 94th Seattle University Commencement.

For the first time in 33 years, this class of Seattle University seniors (outside of a few fifth-year seniors) participated completely at the NCAA Division I level. Also, it is believed to be the largest senior student-athlete class in the history of Seattle U Athletics.

Several student-athletes graduated with honors, led by volleyball player Kelly Biette (B.S. – Cell and Molecular Biology), who earned summa cum laude honors. Biette’s teammate Lani Beadle (B.A. – International Business and B.A. – Humanities) received magna cum laude honors, as did fellow double-degree recipient Josh Kutz (B.A. – Humanities and B.A. – Political Science) of the baseball team.

Other graduates with magna cum laude honors include Meeghan Bergmann (Bachelor of Social Work) of the track and field team, rower Keara Collins (B.A. – Environmental Studies), swimmer Chris Lynch (B.A. – English w/Departmental Honors), tennis player Kyle Rapp (B.A. – Liberal Studies), and Allegra Wilde (B.A. – Accounting/Finance) of the softball team.

Those who graduated with cum laude honors include distance runners Erik Barkhaus (B.A. – Finance) and Justine Bates (B.A. – Psychology w/Departmental Honors), Sara Blakely (B.A. – Public Affairs) and Amanda Luna (B.A. – Accounting) of the track and field team, swimmer Tyler Carriker (B.A. – International Business), Steve Kirbach (B.S. – Electrical Engineering) and Ryan Somers (B.A. – Psychology) of the baseball team, tennis players Flavio Malagutti (B.A. – Economics) and Steffanie Mortera (B.A. – Communication Studies), rower Katie O’Neill (B.S. – Nursing), and golfers Alec Pakzad (B.A. – Marketing) and Lori Pearson (B.S. – Sport and Exercise Science).

Eight Seattle U basketball players picked up their degrees, including Bachelor of Criminal Justice degrees for Louis Green and Maggie McCarthy. Brenda Adhiambo and Daidra Brown earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in liberal studies, while T.J. Diop and Chad Rasmussen received Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology. Prince Obasi received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, and Allen Tate earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary arts.

The baseball team saw several players walk across the stage, including Bryndon Ecklund (Master of Professional Accounting), Evan Ewing (B.S. – Sport and Exercise Science), Nick Latta (B.A. – Communication Studies), Sean Narby (B.S. – Sport and Exercise Science and B.A. – Humanities), Nate Roberts (B.A. – Business Management), and Eric Yardley (B.A. – Humanities for Teaching). Zach Aaker and Blaine Jones each received Bachelor of Arts degrees in liberal studies.

Volleyball players Kaytlyn Dill (B.A. – Liberal Studies) and Karina Miastkowska (B.A. – International Business) received their degrees, as did golfers Christine Cook (B.A. – Business Management) and Shannon Quinn (B.S. – General Science). Becca Cable (B.A. – International Studies), Rogin Hardy (B.A. – Interdisciplinary Arts), and Jessica Ulrich (B.S. – Sport and Exercise Science) helped represent the softball program, while tennis player Lindsey Newman (B.A. – Sociology) and Jessica Shill (B.A. International Studies/French) of the Seattle U spirit squad also completed their undergraduate collegiate experiences.

Soccer players Shawna Anderson (B.S. – Nursing), Ryan Blair (B.S. – Civil Engineering), Liana Heberer (B.S. – Biology), Chelsea Jennings (B.S. – Biology), Carlee Norquist (B.A. – Liberal Studies), Devin Thomas (B.A. – Interdisciplinary Arts), Heather Thomas (B.A. – Humanities for Teaching) earned their degrees. Distance runner Matthew McClement (B.S. – Biochemistry) and track and field compatriots Kaytie Bateman (B.S. – General Science) and Zach Stanfield (B.S. – Biology) also picked up their diploma holders during Sunday’s ceremonies.

The Redhawk swim program saw several representatives qualify for their degrees, with Megan Robinson, Karla Ruff, and Joe Wertz all receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees in Humanities for Teaching. Owen Bley-Male (B.S. – Mechanical Engineering), James Gilmore (B.S. –Biochemistry), Megan Kelley (B.A. – Finance), Rachel Leighter (B.A. – Marketing), Murray Longbotham (B.S. – Civil Engineering), and Kevlyn Richards (B.S. – Sport and Exercise Science) also completed their coursework.

With the Western Athletic Conference sponsoring men’s soccer and men’s swimming starting in 2013-14, 19 of Seattle U’s 20 sports will be housed within the WAC next season. Seattle U, along with Idaho and New Mexico State, will remain in the WAC and will be joined by CSU Bakersfield, Chicago State, Grand Canyon, UMKC, UT Pan American, and Utah Valley in the next academic year.

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