MSU has 36 student-athletes graduate this spring

Templeton Athletic Academic Center

Templeton Athletic Academic Center

Thirty-six Mississippi State Bulldogs officially earned their academic degrees in 2015 spring commencement ceremonies held on campus.

For the first time in school history, Bulldog scholarship athletes finished the fall and spring semesters with over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. MSU female scholarship athletes posted their highest semester GPA ever this spring (3.3) highlighted by coach Aaron Gordon’s soccer program with a 3.56.

Baseball standout Seth Heck, who was named the Southeastern Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday, tallied a perfect 4.0 this semester while maintaining a 3.91 cumulative GPA in graduating in business management.

Women’s track and field led the way with nine graduates followed by five each on the baseball and football teams. NFL draftees Preston Smith and Josh Robinson will join their respective teams in mini camps as graduates. Of the 17 seniors who saw action in the Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve, 16 of them have earned their MSU degrees.

Women’s golf first-team All-American Ally McDonald graduated with a 3.61 GPA in interdisciplinary studies.

Three members of Vic Schaefer’s women’s basketball squad that set a school-record with 27 victories earned their undergraduate degrees, including Martha Alwal, Kendra Grant and Jerica James. Men’s basketball’s Trivante Bloodman, Isaiah Butler and Jeffery Johnson graduated as well.

Spring 2015 Graduates
Baseball (5)

Derrick Armstrong – Kinesiology
Trevor Fitts – Kinesiology
Seth Heck – Business Management
Ross Mitchell – Business Administration
Wes Rea – Interdisciplinary Studies

Men’s Basketball (3)
Trivante Bloodman – Business Management
Isaiah Butler – Interdisciplinary Studies
Jeffery Johnson – Interdisciplinary Studies

Women’s Basketball (3)
Martha Alwal – Educational Psychology
Kendra Grant – Kinesiology
Jerica James – Kinesiology

Football (5)
Dee Arrington – Industrial Technology
Ferlando Bohanna – Educational Psychology
Taveze Calhoun – Interdisciplinary Studies
Josh Robinson – Interdisciplinary Studies
Preston Smith – Interdisciplinary Studies

Women’s Golf (1)
Ally McDonald – Interdisciplinary Studies

Soccer (2)
Shannen Jainudeen – Criminology
Amy Hoover – Marketing

Softball (3)
Sam Lenahan – Mathematics
Ashley Phillips – Kinesiology
Shana Sherrod – Elementary Education

Men’s Tennis (1)
Zach White – Communication

Women’s Tennis (1)
Petra Ferancova – Finance and Business Economics

Men’s Track and Field (3)
Jason Harper – Kinesiology
Damian Roszko – Interdisciplinary Studies
Matt Weickert – Industrial Engineering

Women’s Track and Field (9)
Carmen Brothers – Kinesiology
Rochelle Farquharson – Kinesiology
Racquel Farquharson – Criminology
Katie Gentry – Kinesiology
Shelvia Maureen Gross – Microbiology
Emma Neigel – Horticulture
Madeleine Takahashi – Communication
Katelyn Walker – Kinesiology
Keisha Wallace – Agricultural Life Sciences

(From MSU Media Relations)


I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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