40 Tech athletes to graduate this weekend

Georgia Tech will hold graduation ceremonies Saturday at the Georgia Dome. Among the graduates will be 40 current or former Tech athletes and managers. Notables include football players Chandler Anderson, Preston Lyons, B.J. Machen, Steven Sylvester and Omoregie Uzzi. Anderson, in fact, will report to Naval Air Station Pensacola Jan. 3, three days after playing his final game for Tech in the Sun Bowl.

Former Tech baseball player Charlie Blackmon, who made his major-league debut this season with the Colorado Rockies, will also graduate, as will three-time tennis All-American Guillermo Gomez, whose Tech career ended this past spring before turning professional.
Kristen Adkins, softball (STC)

Doug Allvine, former football (MBA)

Chandler Anderson, football (BSBA)

Sarah Anderson, women’s track/cross country (BMED)

Cy Avila, cheerleading (MGT)

Charles Blackmon, baseball (BSBA)

Zach Brewster, baseball (MGT)

Joseph DiDia, men’s track/cross country (BSBA)

David Duncan, baseball (BSBA)

Tiffany Eason, cheerleading (PUBP)

Alexander Erickson, men’s track/cross country (ME)

Samuel Freeman, former football (MGT)

Guillermo Gomez, men’s tennis (IE)

Joseph Hardy, former football (IE)

Cali Harrison, women’s swimming (MGT)

Christy Jones, softball (ME)

Aleksandra Krupina, women’s tennis (GEML)

Preston Lyons, football (HTS)

B.J. Machen, football (STC)

Joshua Martin, men’s track/cross country (ME)

William Miller, golf (IE)

Thomas Oatts, men’s track/cross country (ECE)

Dean O’Brien, men’s tennis (MGT)

Aleria Perry, cheerleading (MGT)

Paul Reese, former football (BSBA)

Charles Rohling, men’s track/cross country (MGT)

Matthew Simonds, baseball (BSBA)

Kevin Skenes, men’s swimming (ME)

Michael St. Denis, former football (PSYC)

Alexander Stephenson, men’s track/cross country (CE)

Kylie Stradley, cheerleading (BSBA)

Steven Sylvester, football (STC)

Duncan Thompson, men’s track/cross country (ECE)

Mary Ashley Tippins, volleyball (MGT)

Christian Townsend, cheerleading (MGT)

Jacob Tzegaebe, men’s swimming (CE)

Omoregie Uzzi, football (BSBA)

Conner Volpe, manager (AE)

Alexander Walker, former football (MGT)

Joshua Wallace, former football (MGT)

Among the acronyms:

STC – Science, Technology and Culture

BSBA – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

BMED – Biomedical Engineering

PUBP – Public Policy

GEML – Global Economics and Modern Languages

HTS – History, Technology and Society

ECE – Electrical and Computer Engineering

CE – Civil Engineering

AE – Aerospace Engineering

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5150 UOAD

December 16th, 2011
6:31 pm

The Former players are nice to see finishing their degrees.

Jacket Dad

December 16th, 2011
7:34 pm

Congrats to each and all!

Marine Jacket

December 16th, 2011
7:49 pm

Does anyone know why Anderson is reporting to the naval air station. Has he joined the Navy as an officer?

Go Jackets

Ohio Jacket

December 16th, 2011
7:52 pm

Congrats to all these graduates! A proud moment, indeed! Thanks Ken for this good news.

Genius Jacket

December 16th, 2011
8:29 pm

And they all took calculus.


December 16th, 2011
8:49 pm

Think Anderson may have been NROTC.


December 16th, 2011
9:19 pm

If he is reporting to NAS Pensacola it is as a commissioned officer – with intent of earning Navy Wings of Gold – with amny before him – awesome!


December 16th, 2011
9:49 pm

Pensacola is where the Navy’s Officer Candidate School (OCS) is located. Maybe someday some chick will ask him, “you’re a pilot?” And he’ll say,”yes ma’am… A Naval Aviator.” How sweet is that!


December 16th, 2011
9:57 pm

I take that back… OCS has all been consolidated to Newport, RI. So, he must have been ROTC or some other commissioning program to be reporting to “the cradle of Naval Aviation” before OCS. Best of luck to Mr. Anderson!

Jim GT

December 16th, 2011
10:44 pm

This is a fine group of people that reflects what The Georgia Institute of Technology is all about — The Total Person concept, and a big thank you to Homer Rice and the vision he brought to GT.

Business leaders, world leaders. Their presence in the world will be a proud reflection on GT as well as their parents and family, and themselves.

Go out and take the brass ring, Grads !!!!! Give Em Hell, you Rambling Wrecks and do us proud.

Hayseed Dixie

December 16th, 2011
11:12 pm

Congratulations, one and all.

Very impressive.


December 16th, 2011
11:45 pm

Yes, congratulations and Merry Christmas.


December 17th, 2011
6:05 am

Congratulations to all graduates for finally getting out!


December 17th, 2011
8:30 am

Much congratulations to all! We are all proud of you and hope you do great things!

Bet they will be glad...

December 17th, 2011
8:42 am

…to get away from all the robberies on/near the campus (just a little dig based on the comments made by some Techmites on the UGA site when discussing the grads from that institution and the graduation of the guy who finished his diploma after a nice career in the NFL)…

AND, many kudos and congratulations to ALL who finish their degree, no matter where they go to college…

Alabama Jack

December 17th, 2011
9:02 am

Congratulations to all you from a guy who walked the platform 45 years ago.


December 17th, 2011
9:07 am

Interesting stat. 17% of all GT graduates are millionaires.

No I did not go to GT. Just ran across the stat from the GT office.

Jacket Backer

December 17th, 2011
9:09 am

Congrats to all. My son walked across that stage this time last year. Proud moment!

Go Jackets!!


December 17th, 2011
9:09 am

Yes, Atlanta has a high crime rate. Big cities do. And college students are easy targets for lowlifes. Really not something to make light of, however.

Hopefully, the state will come to its senses and allow law-abiding citizens to carry guns on campus.

Jacket Follower

December 17th, 2011
9:31 am

Congratulations to all! We know that you are proud of your accomplishments, and we are proud of you. We’ve enjoyed watching your athletic accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your continued accomplishments in life. Go Jackets!!


December 17th, 2011
9:47 am

Congratulations and God bless to all that graduated. Truly an accomplishment. Keep making the Institute proud

bulldog steve

December 17th, 2011
9:56 am

I thought all the football players that played for Tech were engineers?


December 17th, 2011
10:04 am

I thought all dog fans who spent their lives denigrating Tech players were lowlife losers…and it looks like I’m right.


December 17th, 2011
11:00 am

Good to have you back on the beat Ken. Hope you are feeling better.

GT Anchorage

December 17th, 2011
11:15 am

Good to see that there is another AE major graduating this year from within the Athletic department. Hopefully, Sean Bedford showed that it is possible to take on the schools most difficult major and play a major sport as well. Although I could barely pass my classes without athletics….

Hello? Anybody home?

December 17th, 2011
11:23 am

My deepest respect and congratulations to all these athletes listed above. Graduating from Tech is no easy feat. Doing it on top of a rigorous athletic regimen is even more impressive. Well done, ladies and gents. Well done.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 17th, 2011
11:29 am

Good to see that somebody from the AJC FINALLY provided this information. It’s been accessible to anybody who was interested for at least a week. Hard to believe the AJC took so long to post it; they sure don’t delay posting info on UGA

Hello? Anybody home?

December 17th, 2011
11:37 am

@GT Anchorage: I second everything you said. I transferred out of AE to MgtSci because those guys were way over my head but I didn’t want to waste all those calculus classes. II listened to Sean Bedford speak at a pep rally before the season began this year and, I must say, he is an impressive young man.


December 17th, 2011
11:40 am

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December 17th, 2011
11:42 am

My name is Forest-Forest Gump! Congrats to all! I hope some can make it back in the future to support the athletic program.

Hayseed Dixie

December 17th, 2011
11:54 am

I’m watching Francis Kallon closely- he scored a 1500 something on his SAT and his family still made him re-take it. It’ll be interesting to see what he majors in.

Getting an engineering degree from Tech is just plain difficult.

The average person could have a clone or two of themselves and still not get it done.

Again, as I read this list I’m very impressed and feel just a bit better about the state of college athletics.

Marine Jacket

December 17th, 2011
1:05 pm

Maybe I’ll run across Anderson. Just got commissioned as a Navy officer.

Go Jackets

My nephew...

December 17th, 2011
1:59 pm

…a Tech grad (along with his dad who as an AE major back in the late 60’s) said getting into Tech was not difficult – it was getting out that was hard (i.e.- difficult classes, etc)…

Hey, Rambleon84......

December 17th, 2011
2:00 pm

…I qualified my low lifeness – me thinks thou doth protest too much…

Buzz Pilot

December 17th, 2011
4:41 pm

Congratulations to all! I crossed that staged myself 33 years ago and then reported to NAS Pensacola and became a Naval Aviator. Good luck Mr Anderson and thank you for serving your country!! Go Jackets


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Paul in NH

December 17th, 2011
5:27 pm

Congratulations to all of the graduates. I hope to see Uzzi’s name on this list again in a couple ot years with MBA after it,

Supersize that order, mutt

December 17th, 2011
6:36 pm

nabisco, or JJ under which name you posted the exact same thing on the other Tech blog, you are a totally worthless POS. Whey on earth would anybody in this state not pull for Georgia Southern to succeed? They are not connected with either Tech or Georgia. I owe them no loyalty because they have a former Tech assistant in charge and a former Tech QB. But I still now, and have always pulled for them to win, because they represent our state. You, on the other hand, represent the lowest dregs of humanity.

George Stein

December 17th, 2011
8:56 pm

Uh, Hey Rambleon84, methinks is one word, not two. Is there anything sadder than an idiot trying to sound intelligent?

Methinks not.


December 17th, 2011
9:45 pm

As a ‘73 grad I offer congratulations to all who conquer the hill and graduate. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, and I learned so many life lessons(patience,perseverance,maintaining the iron will to overcome etc.). It was well worth it and I wish the best for all.

5150 UOAD

December 17th, 2011
10:02 pm

i am at UGa I can be a AE. I make the bestest paper aeroplines. They fly far from da top of Sanford and son’s septic tank stadium.

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December 17th, 2011
10:14 pm

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1 4 GT

December 17th, 2011
11:05 pm

Let me add my congrats and best wishes to today’s grads. Though some schhols may be a bit easier that others, earning your degree is still a great accomplishment in one’s life.

1 4 GT

December 17th, 2011
11:08 pm

To those who went to flight school in Pensacola, I’m sure you remember Trader John’s Bar. A pretty cool place with a picture on the wall of every Naval aviator that went to flight school there.

1 4 GT

December 17th, 2011
11:21 pm

Taking part in athletics makes your accomplishment even more impressive.


December 17th, 2011
11:57 pm

what a joke, how can they graduate when they don’t attend class

Tech Guy

December 18th, 2011
12:17 am

Congrtaulations! You made it! I remember the joy.


December 18th, 2011
4:23 am

When UGA’s athletes graudate, you hear from Coach Mark Richt and how much he enjoys seeing his guys graduate and watching them come back to the campus in the future. Also how much he talks about how much he considers UGA a part of his family.

Then you get the GT graduation article, w/ nary a peep from Coach Paul Johnson. Of course he comes off as kind of callous and cold blooded anyway. As if he’s just a coach and the only thing that matters is the bottom line, ie winning.

Seems to me that Richt outclasses Johnson, much like UGA fans do Techies, both on and off the field.

war jacket

December 18th, 2011
7:00 am

UGA fans have class? Since when?