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Cullowhee, N.C. – A combined 37 Western Carolina student-athletes were a part of the record-setting 1,650 graduates that took part in commencement ceremonies last weekend in the Ramsey Center. 

A combined three ceremonies including the graduate school on Friday, May 10 and both a morning and afternoon session on Saturday, May 11 were held on-campus. 

Of the 37 WCU student-athletes that took part in commencement ceremonies, women’s cross country/track & field had the highest number of graduates with nine. Football had the second-most graduates with six, followed by cheerleading, men’s cross country/track & field, and women’s soccer with four each.

Below is the list of former Western Carolina student-athletes and their degrees: 

Baseball:

Matthew Koehler – Raleigh, N.C. – BSBA in Finance, BSBA in Management

Named to the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for three straight seasons.

Taylor Purus – Hudson, N.C. – BS in Communication

2018 SoCon All-Tournament Team

Cheerleading:

Landyn James – Hudson, N.C. – BS in Recreational Therapy

Lexi Martin – Maiden, N.C. – BSBA in Marketing

Caroline Weeks – Trinity, N.C. – BSBA in Management

Bailey Wright – Maiden, N.C. – BS in Psychology, Minor in Criminal Justice
 

Football:

Andrew Birkmire – Oviedo, Fla. – BSBA in Accounting, BSBA in Finance – Magna Cum Laude

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for two seasons

Nathan Dalton – East Flat Rock, N.C. – BSBA in Accounting, BSBA in Management, BSBA in Finance – Cum Laude

2015 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team

Fall Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

 

Charles Johnson – Wake Forest, N.C. – BSBA in Computer Information Systems

2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll

 

Andrew Miles – Flowery Branch, Ga. – BS in Engineering Technology

2017 SoCon Second Team All-Conference

2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll

 

Bryce Wilson – Atlanta, Ga. – BS in Entrepreneurship

2015-16 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll


Terrance Wilson – Suwanee, Ga. – BSBA in Innovation Leadership & Entrepreneurship

 

Men’s Basketball:

Marc Gosselin – Lyon, France – BS in Communication – Minor in Spanish

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Men’s Golf:

George Whitbread – Colchester, England – BSBA in Business Administration & Law

2017-18 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll

 

Men’s Track & Field / Cross Country:

Dylan Andrade – East Bend, N.C. – BSBA in Management, BSBA in Business Administration & Law

Jordan Bostian – Mont Ulla, N.C. – BS in Parks & Recreation Management

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Christian Greer – Marietta, Ga. – BSBA in Finance, BSBA in Management – Cum Laude

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Nick Lawson – Huntersville, N.C. – BS in Psychology

 

Softball:

Hunter Gibbons – Woodleaf, N.C. – BSBA in Finance, BSBA in Management

2016 Southern Conference Player of the Week

2017 All-Southern Conference Second Team

2017 Southern Conference Player of the Week

2018 All-Southern Conference Second Team

2019 All-Southern Conference First Team

 

Cheyenne Mathews – Hendersonville, N.C. – BSBA in Marketing – Cum Laude

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

 

Women’s Basketball:

Angel Allen – Murfreesboro, Tenn. – BSBA in Accounting

 

Women’s Golf:

Shannon Heerey – Meath, Ireland – BSBA in Marketing

 

Women’s Soccer:

Shannon Burns – Manasquan, N.J. – BSED in Special Education/Inclusive Education

2018 Southern Conference Player of the Week

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll all four years

 

Eynde Frazier – Wilson, N.C. – BS in Parks & Recreation Management – Magna Cum Laude

SAAC President in 2017-18 and 2018-19 school year

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll all four years

Fall Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Jacquelyn Gnassi – Ramsey, N.J. – BS in Psychology – Cum Laude

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for three seasons

Fall Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

2017 Southern Conference All-Tournament Team

 

Kayla Thomas – Duluth, Ga. – BS in Communication Science and Disorders- Minor in Psychology – Summa Cum Laude

 

Women’s Tennis:

Savannah Taranto – Raleigh, N.C. – BS in Biology – Summa Cum Laude

2016 Southern Conference All-Freshman Team

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

 

Alexa Webb – Kennesaw, Ga. – BSBA in Marketing – Minor in Finance- Magna Cum Laude

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

 

 

Women’s Track & Field / Cross Country:

Bri Anna Adams – Gastonia, N.C. – BS in Psychology

Daria Arnaut – Asheville, N.C. – BSBA in Business Administration and Law (Double Major), BSBA in Management
2018 Southern Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week
2018 NCAA East Regional Qualifier

Tiffany Dunham – Raleigh, N.C. – BS in Hospitality Tourism Management

Kaitlyn Lingard – Greensboro, N.C. – BSBA in Finance

School record holder in women’s 6,000-meters
2015 Southern Conference Runner of the Week
Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Fall and Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Mia Little – Greensboro, N.C. – BS in Criminal Justice

 

Christina Nikolaou – Charlotte, N.C. – BSBA in Management, BSBA in Marketing – cum laude

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Marisa Scott – Morganton, N.C. – Bachelor of Social Work – cum laude

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Simone Williams – Charlotte, N.C. – BS in Psychology

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

 

Sally Woerner – Tiger, Ga. – Master of Health Sciences – Minor in Art

Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll three straight seasons

Spring Academic All-Southern Conference All-Academic Team three straight seasons

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