Tevin Washington among graduates Friday

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington will be one of 17 current or former Tech athletes who will graduate Friday. Washington, who will receive his management degree, will be the first Tech quarterback to play as a graduate since George Godsey in 2001.

Center Nick McRae will also receive a management degree. Other notables include former football players Chris Reis, Rashaad Reid and Jamal Cox and basketball players B.J. Elder and Zach Peacock. Graduation ceremonies will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

Reis, Cox, Elder and Peacock all returned to school via Tech’s degree completion program, which is designed to assist current or former professional athletes complete degree work. Elder and Peacock both play in Europe. Reis was out of football last year but was a member of the New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl champion 2009 team.

Student-Athlete

Degree

Sport

Leah Bell

BSSTC

Dance

Jamal Cox

BSBA

Football

Derek Craig

BSMGT

Basketball

Barry (B.J.) Elder

BSMGT

Basketball

Nicholas Foreman

BSHTS

Basketball

Stephen Mann

BSIE

Football

Edward McMillan

BSMGT

Track/Crs Ctry

Nick McRae

BSMGT

Football

Omar Morrison

BSECON

Track/Crs Ctry

Bobbie Osborn

BSBIO

Cheer

Zachery Peacock

BSMGT

Basketball

Rashaad Reid

BSBA

Football

Christopher Reis

BSMGT

Football

Jessica Sinclair

BSPUBP

Softball

Asia Stawicka

BSBA

Volleyball

Tevin Washington

BSMGT

Football

Wren Fowler

MBA

Men’s Golf

31 comments Add your comment

Wrecker

July 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

Congratulations to all of these graduates!

George Stein

July 30th, 2012
2:23 pm

Awesome job, guys!

GT Dude

July 30th, 2012
2:35 pm

This is what it is really all about!!!

GT

July 30th, 2012
2:40 pm

Congrats! Amazing accomplishment for SAs.

Oh, and before UGA fans come and start bashing these SAs for being MGT/BA majors and not engineers…A reminder: GT’s Scheller College of Business is higher tanked than Terry at UGA. GT MGT/BA grads worked their way through a difficult, well-regarded program while competing at a high level. Amazing to see.

juvenal

July 30th, 2012
2:41 pm

a high achievement, good to list their degree higher than their name….

NCJacket

July 30th, 2012
3:26 pm

I had never heard about the degree completion program, pretty cool. Congrats to the graduating athletes and the rest of the graduating students as well.

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
3:52 pm

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

So when he Signs my football on Sat. Aug. the 3rd he will be a grad? Cool

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
3:54 pm

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DesignerJacket

July 30th, 2012
4:15 pm

When a starting player graduates and then plays a season, does he have to be enrolled in graduate classes or can he basically be a full-time football player? If Tevin is the starting QB, and all his time is allowed to go to football preparation and training….I would think that could affect the season. No tests or papers or presentations for the guy whose study of defensive schemes matters THE most to the team?! That could sway things heavily, I would think. But does anyone know if there’s a rule preventing that? Does the NCAA require that he enroll in masters-level program to remain eligible?

ONCE AGAIN...

July 30th, 2012
4:32 pm

sooooooooooooo is he going to grad school and has been already accepted? Or are those idiots running the grad management admissionsnprogram not letting him in like they did our top defensive starters on defense in 2009 who had to go play down the street… R I D I C U L O U S

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
4:37 pm

As best as I understand he still can play without being in Grad school. When we lost the 2 linemen to Ga State(Yondell & ???) it was because they graduated after the season and had to be in school over the summer.

George Stein

July 30th, 2012
4:51 pm

They are required to be in some kind of class. I recall Matt Leinart taking ballroom dancing his senior season. Whether it needs to be a graduate level class is something I don’t know.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

This is AWESOME, not just for TW, but for all those who are graduating.

I would imagine that TW has to be enrolled in some kind of class……even if he only takes one. I don’t know that for a fact, but it sounds reasonable. But whether it is no classes or only one or two, he should definitely have more time to dedicate to the game. GO JACKETS !!!

DesignerJacket

July 30th, 2012
4:54 pm

Once Again, we were all a bit upset with that, but I think they were actually two O-linemen. On defense, we did lose Derrick Morgan after the 2009 season, but that was to the NFL Draft. Those two offensive linemen weren’t missed in 2011 as they were actually a little undersized compared to CPJ’s current O-line and the new recruits who are much bigger.

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
5:53 pm

Yondell & the other player graduated after the season and would need to be taking classes for 2 semesters and that wouldn’t work unless they were in grad School. Washington can take a class or 2 and still play this semester. WEIRD but the rule works that way. Basketball players leaving early have to pass the first semester and the 2nd semester to play a full season but one their grades are in they can stop going to class if they are going to the NBA.

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
5:55 pm

sorry 2nd semester midterms to be progressing to graduation then stop going to class if they go to the NBA early.

dawgfan

July 30th, 2012
6:11 pm

Maybe he can take a class on the fundamentals of throwing a football. There are probably some QBs in Tech’s intramural flag football league that could teach him.

Thanks.

Delbert D.

July 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

5150 – I think he has to be enrolled. It is the same situation as with the 2 linemen that had to transfer to Georgia State to play because they did *not* get accepted by Georgia Tech’s MBA program. Joseph Gilbert graduated with 2 years of eligibility left. He was a 2-year starter for Tech at guard. I assume that Washington still has to meet Fall Semester academic progress requirements else he would not be eligible for a bowl game.

4th and Long (Gone)

July 30th, 2012
6:40 pm

Congratulations to all !!!!

On a separate note, I always thought BJ Elder should have tried out as a tight end in football. As big and strong as he was, with his jumping ability and soft hands, he was a natural. Imagine just letting him go to the corner of the end zone and just tossing the ball up and letting him go after it.

Delbert D.

July 30th, 2012
6:52 pm

5150 – On the other hand, I may be completely wrong. I don’t think that the NCAA punishes athletes who graduate early. Darryl Richard played his last season as a RS-SR grad student. He got a camp tryout with the NFL, but he did graduate and had his MBA to fall back on.

5150 UOAD

July 30th, 2012
7:09 pm

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Delbert D. that is what i thought too.

Supersize that order, mutt

July 30th, 2012
7:21 pm

@ dwagfan…..maybe you can take a class in maturity and how to act like a man. Also maybe you can find one in how to mind your own business.

1 4 GT

July 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

AWW SS–dwagfan just has to run his mouth. It sure is a shame though. A so called grown man has to be such a jerk with his stupid comments in a story about young people taking that 1st huge step on the road to a successful life. Getting their college diploma!! You just know how proud they and their families are. My congratulations to them all!! GOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

BUZZ Fan

July 30th, 2012
10:57 pm

Delbert D – Richards graduated in three years, was an outstanding student, and had support from the Gailey administration for his academic goals; he left GT with an MBA, stellar athletic career, a rare individual and great representative of the Institute.
Joseph Gilbert and Clyde Yandell both graduated in three years, Gilbert requested guidance from the academic support staff on multiple occasions on how to prepare for the MBA school begginnig two years before graduation, he asked Johnson for support and got nothing, nada, zip zero.
Bottom line is Johnson and crew deficated on these two GT athletes, and alums; Johnson was embrassed by the uproar over a couple of student athletes with the gawl to persue academic goals instead of the glory of NCAA Football.
Johnson is credited with starting a special summer internship program for advanced academic athletes immediately following the two players transfering.
Johnson had no interest in Gailey players what so ever, they were meat on cletes in his option machine.

gt4ever

July 31st, 2012
10:24 am

Yeah, I hated what happened to Gilbert and Yandell, but it probably wasn’t all CPJ’s fault… I mean he surely would rather have a seasoned OL vs. rookies… I guess…. It’s hard to get a read on these things, since we are not privy to much of the inside information.

Burdell

July 31st, 2012
12:47 pm

CPJ is a football coach…not an academic adviser. Roddy Jones had no problem getting in grad school for his MBA…you have to have the grades and test scores.

As an alumnus of both Tech’s undergrad and graduate programs I don’t want my degrees watered down by special admit football players. As a football season ticket holder I want a good product on the field. It’s tough to have it both ways….I know.

With that said…GO JACKETS!

ToeMeetsLeather

July 31st, 2012
2:45 pm

Pretty cool for Chris Reis, TECH ring on one hand and Super Bowl ring on the other!

Congrats graduates.

Wayne Ahyet

July 31st, 2012
6:15 pm

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Robert Barron

August 1st, 2012
3:50 pm

I believe Iman Shurpert’s staying in school just barely kept us from a NCAA penalty for basketball.
Thanks dude, if I’m correct about that.

Robert Barron

August 1st, 2012
3:51 pm

Reis also recovered the on-side kick that made the Saints’ coaches look like geniuses instead of idiots.