Tech athletes graduating Saturday

When Georgia Tech holds commencement exercises Saturday, 34 current and former athletes, managers and trainers will receive their degrees, including football players Emmanuel Dieke, David Sims and Rod Sweeting and former players Brad Jefferson and Jahi Word-Daniels.

Helen Alvey                              Psychology                                                        Swimming

Lynn Blau                                   Industrial Engineering                                     Tennis

Kristen Breitenbach                Business Administration                                 Cheer

Sarah Broadley                         Industrial Engineering                                     Swimming

Oscar Chaney                           Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering     Student Manager

Anne Czarnecki                        Business Administration                                 Volleyball

Kayleigh Dent                           Electrical Engineering                                     Cheer

Emmanuel Dieke                      Business Administration                                 Football

Mary DuBard                            Industrial Engineering                                     Track/Crs Ctry

Carissa Fleming                         Business Administration                                 Cheer

Richard Gonzalez                     Electrical Engineering                                     Cheer

Paul Groover                            History, Technology, and Society                  Cheer

John Hermes                             Biomedical Engineering                                  Swimming

Christopher Hicks                    Business Administration                                 Baseball

Laura Hilton                              Masters – Industrial Engineering                   Softball

Bailey Hunter                            Business Administration                                 Volleyball

Jasmine Isley                             Industrial Engineering                                     Track/Crs Ctry

Brad Jefferson                          Management                                                    Football

Kevin King                                 Mechanical Engineering                                 Tennis

Evan Martin                               Civil Engineering                                              Baseball

Jessica Mason                           Business Administration                                 Swimming

Jhanelle McLeod                      Economics and International Affairs             Track/Crs Ctry

Eric McPherson                        Business Administration                                 Student Trainer

Monique Mead                        Business Administration                                 Volleyball

Dusan Miljevic                          Civil Engineering                                              Tennis

Viet Ha Ngo                               Economics and International Affairs             Tennis

Philip O’brien                           Industrial Engineering                                     Track/Crs Ctry

Jillian O’Neill                             Business Administration                                 Tennis

David Sims                                 Management                                                    Football

Grace Snell                                Business Administration                                 Cheer

Roderick Sweeting                   Management                                                    Football

Sharena Taylor                         Science, Technology, and Culture                Basketball

Connor Winn                            Business Administration                                 Baseball

Jahi Word-Daniels                    Business Administration                                 Football

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

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Road Scholar

December 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

Congratulations!!!! There is no better feeling than to reach such a lofty goal…and with added success! Now the “hard” part starts…continued learning, improved decision making from experience, and learning to communicate your field to other people with diverse backgrounds! Don’t worry about mistakes, unless you repeat them! Oh, and you will make mistakes!

Good Luck! And …THWG!


December 10th, 2012
4:17 pm

Congratulations to all the Tech grads for getting out. That is a huge accomplishment, you should be proud.

bulldog steve

December 10th, 2012
4:38 pm

Congrats to anyone who can graduate from college, especially an athlete with their schedules. I know UGA has some far fetching majors, but what the heck is Science, Technology and Culture? Not one Engineer in football, or any major sport, except a male cheerleader.


December 10th, 2012
4:51 pm

“…what the heck is Science, Technology and Culture?”

“Georgia Tech’s Science, Technology and Culture (STAC) Program is unique in its emphasis on communication skills, cultural interpretation, and textual analysis. Unlike similar programs, which look at science, technology, and the humanities as separate entities, STAC examines the modes of communication and understanding common to them all. As a result, students learn to master the range of methodologies of literary and cultural analysis needed to understand and interpret the “texts” ranging from novels and films to scientific journals and web pages that our society uses to communicate and to understand itself. STAC students pursue a course of study that is genuinely multidisciplinary and international, and that draws upon the multiple strengths of the Georgia Tech faculty.”


December 10th, 2012
4:53 pm

0.1% of kids who play football go to the nfl…….have a biology degree, myself, lots of not engineer studies……….


December 10th, 2012
4:55 pm

…as I told my son – getting in is easy – getting out is tougher! A true tech grad will not say ‘I graduated in… ” but “I got out in…”

I got out twice (BIE 79, MSHS94)

And my son escaped BSAE this year – now working om Masters…


December 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

Please allow me to translate collegeballfan’s cut and paste job from the Tech website:

“We don’t know what the hell this major is. We just made it up to dumb down our school so we can attract more dumb American kids and bring in more money. We didn’t want to have to move our school to southeast Asia, which was becoming more and more practical. We also thought it might help the football team out a little too but so much for that. Really, another Sun Bowl? We give you some stupid major on ‘literary and cultural analysis’ (I can’t type that without laughing) and all you give us in return is another lousy Sun Bowl? Thanks a pad load Chet. Geez.”



December 10th, 2012
5:49 pm

Congratulations to all! Quite an accomplishment.


December 10th, 2012
5:50 pm

Bravo Zulu to them all!


December 10th, 2012
5:53 pm

dawgfan I don’t think you understand what your laughing at brother. Must be that “education” in Athens.

C'mon man

December 10th, 2012
5:55 pm

And let’s look at what the players from uga are graduating with ;) Then you will hear some serious laughter.


December 10th, 2012
5:59 pm

Let me translate dawgfan,

“I’m an idiot and proud of it”


December 10th, 2012
6:07 pm

bulldog steve,

What degrees will Rambo, Olgetree, Williams, and the rest of the mindless goonsters graduate with?


That’s right, they are still taking developmental courses. Hopefully they can read when they “graduate”. I would laugh but it’s really sad!

Supersize that order, mutt

December 10th, 2012
6:35 pm

@ dawgfan……since you apparently have nothing useful to do in life, why not explain to us the following schools of study at UGA —
(1) Agricultural Communication — Do they learn how to talk to cows and chickens?
(2) Dance — You got to be kidding
(3) Exercise and Sport Science — hmmm
(4) Furnishings and Interiors — my house looks damn good without having wasted my money on that
(5) Housing
(6) Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism — guess you can get a job at AAA with that one
(7) Occupational Studies — Did the “Occupy Wall Street” thugs take that?
(8) Recreation and Leisure Studies — no comment needed
(9) Turfgrass Management — hmm
(10) Sports Studies — our taxes actually support a degree with that name???
(11) Women’s Studies — ditto

Uh, careful Supersize and others...

December 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

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December 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

I’m still laughing at the back door behind the curtain acc chumpionship game tek played in and lost,and I’m still laughing about tek begging their way into a bowl game and bragging about it.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 10th, 2012
6:43 pm

I’m still laughing at the UGA fan sitting next to the band at last year’s UGA bowl game holding the sign reading “GO DWAGS”

Uh, careful Supersize and others...

December 10th, 2012
6:47 pm

…first , congratulations to all who are graduating from Tech this semester – you worked hard and that degree is something to be proud of, especially when earned while playing sports, too.

But, at the Dook game, they listed all of the band seniors and their majors, and I saw, Communications, History, Film (really), Psychology, and one other that I cannot recall but that made me go “hmmm”, just like Super did about “turf management”.

And Toadster (is that a real name), Ogletree, Rambo and Williams will probably not graduate at all, but they might do quite well making a nice salary for a few years in the “league”…not bad for “housing” majors…

And, turf management, is quite like landscape architecture, which Tech does not offer, but UGA does – and without the landscape architect to “beautify” those building you Tech guys design and build, those would be quite “plain” adn just monstrosities, so the collaboration is quite synergistic (is that a word) -


December 10th, 2012
6:54 pm

I’m disgusted about someone laughing about “backing in” and “behind the curtain”. This is a public forum. Take it to a more appropriate forum. I think one of your professors can help you out.

Supersize that order, mutt

December 10th, 2012
7:01 pm

@ Uh…..I was at the Dook game too, but I didn’t pay any attention to that. However, in the list of Degree Programs at Tech, I don’t see anything about either Film or Communications. Yes, there is Psychology (also at UGA), and the History degree is actually “History, Technology, and Society”. There’s also one in “Science, Technology, and Culture.” I don’t have a clue what either of those are, but they are both Bachelor of Science degrees, so some basic science, technological, and mathematics courses are required. And yes, “synergistic” is a word, and it is applicable in the statement you made.


December 10th, 2012
7:05 pm

“Uh, careful Supersize and others…”

And this is what? German? Geez

No UGA players will graduate except Murray and some of the back ups. Yes, I know Murray has already Graduated. Sociology…I believe. Good for him.

The rest are hoping for long NFL careers. Good for them. How’s Quincy Carter these days. I was careful and still am.

Don’t you guys need to worry about Nebraska. I don’t go on your blog and spew hate. Even if I did I would get banned. Try and show some class. I realize this paper is all about Uga but good grief. Go to CT or BK’s blogs they’ll allow you to spout all sorts of hate. Oh yeah MC’s too.


December 10th, 2012
7:08 pm

AND take Thomas Brown with you! That dog has serious issues and needs to be on the dog blogs and never on a Tech blog. Notice I used singular for Tech?

Biff Pocoroba

December 10th, 2012
7:14 pm

Most of the football players at UGA are taking home ec courses. Most schools don’t teach home ec anymore with all of the budget cuts so there are no jobs with this major. When these guys are broke in ten years from all of the child support payments and legal fees, that “education” isn’t going to help them too much.

Fun Facts

December 10th, 2012
7:23 pm

UGAs football roster lists 126 players. Notable players majors include:
Michael Bennett: Management

Marlon Brown: Psychology

Sanders Commings: Communication Studies

Watts Dantzler:Health & Physical Education-Obviously a middle school gym coach. He totally looks like one.

Kwame Geathers:Housing

Todd Gurley: No Major*

John Jenkins: Child & Family Development

Tavarres King: Social Studies Education

Dallas Lee: Sports Management

Christian Champion Lemay (that’s really his name): Arts & Sciences

Ken Malcolm: Housing

Keith Marshall: Arts & Sciences

Alec Ogletree: Child & Family Development

Bacarri Rambo: Consumer Economics

*(not listed and couldn’t find it on the Google machine. Seriously. Even if you try to google “Josh Harvey-Clemons wants to major in” you can’t find squat. I’m probably the only person to ever do that.)

Fun Facts

December 10th, 2012
7:23 pm

Josh Harvey Clemons: No Major*

Supersize that order, mutt

December 10th, 2012
7:28 pm

@ Fun Facts…….thanks. I was going to try to find a list like that but didn’t have time

Todd Gurley and Clemons...

December 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

…are freshmen – how many GT freshmen have declared majors? And, Murray graduated in Industrial Psychology, whatever that is and is current pursuing a dual MS//PhD…

And, Super, I was shocked when I read those majors for Tech students at the Dook game, too; that is why I chose bring them up when GT guys make fun of the UGA curriculum – but, we can’t all be rocket scientists…

Flowery Branch Yellow Jacket

December 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

I am happy for and proud of these students. I would love to see all of our student-athletes complete their respective degrees. I’m hoping we see some mens basketball players on this list in the not-too-distant future. We’ve not had too much academic success (as measured by graduation rates) among that team, but I’m encouraged by the guys on this year’s team. Hopefully the discipline they show on the court will also translate to the classroom. To ALL the Tech graduates (and UGA graduates too), I wish a hearty congratulations!

UGA Athletes Graduating This Semester

December 10th, 2012
7:35 pm

Student Sport Major Degree
Dawn Keebols* Chess Team Remedial Studies Associate Degree

* pending completion of field sobriety tests


And Toadster...

December 10th, 2012
7:35 pm

…you do know that Quincy was going to Tech but decided, misguidely, to try pro baseball before going to UGA? And, to play your game, whatever happened to Reuben Houston?

Waffle House U

December 10th, 2012
7:37 pm

Now dat’s funny, i dun care who you is. Donkey B—–? hehehe


December 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Kinderspiel, I was not aware I was playing a game. I’m over it. I guess you won. I’m not sure what but I’ll give it to you. Balloons?

Some of your buddies are trashing Jemea Thomas on another Tech blog. Go give it a try. You may win another “game”.

Tech is a joke

December 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Who cares what the players are majoring in.

Bottom line – 11 out of last 12…………..42-10 enough said

1 4 GT

December 10th, 2012
8:11 pm

“Can’t we all just get along?”

1 4 GT

December 10th, 2012
8:29 pm

The following should resolve the questions/comments about GT marching band members major not showing up on the list of majors at GT. Through the Cross-Registration Program in the Georgia Board of Regents, students of other colleges and universities without similar music programs were allowed to march in Georgia Tech’s marching band. Students from Agnes Scott College, Atlanta College of Art, Clark Atlanta University, Clayton College & State University, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Institute of Paper Science & Technology, Interdenominational Theological Center, Kennesaw State University, Mercer University Atlanta, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Morris Brown College, Oglethorpe University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and Spelman College were able to march in Georgia Tech’s marching band after a successful audition process.

With the inauguration of the Georgia State Marching Band in 2010, the Marching Band no longer accepts any new wind or percussion cross-registration students. Students who had previously marched in the Georgia Tech Marching Band were allowed to continue, pending a successful audition process.

Big Stinger

December 10th, 2012
9:35 pm

Uh is landscape architeture a fancy word for what those guys do when they hope out of a pick up truck and mow my lawn? If yes then i see why it is so important and agree.

Skull Murphy

December 10th, 2012
9:47 pm

UGA: First in the hearts of their fans. Last in the minds of employers.

Paul in NH

December 10th, 2012
10:52 pm

Congratulations to all of the new graduates. A special congrats to Brad Jefferson and Jahi Word-Daniels for coming back to finish up.

Paul in NH

December 10th, 2012
11:07 pm

Todd Gurley and Clemons…

December 10th, 2012
7:31 pm

And, Super, I was shocked when I read those majors for Tech students at the Dook game, too; that is why I chose bring them up when GT guys make fun of the UGA curriculum – but, we can’t all be rocket scientists
So, at the Duke game, you claim you read a list of majors for GT seniors that included history, film, communications, psychology and one that you “cannot recall but that made me go “hmmm”, just like Super did about “turf management”. Meanwhile, the documentation from Ken has none of those majors listed for the people graduating this week.
Perhaps you didn’t READ it at all – just heard what you wanted to hear.

Thomas Brown

December 11th, 2012
5:41 am

1 football player who plays on the team this season who sees regular minutes

1 basketball player who is not one of the 7 in the rotation women’s basketball

1 football player who plays on the team this season who rarely sees any action


December 11th, 2012
7:59 am

@superDawg: uga “backed into” SEC championship only when USC lost two games. Another group of under achievers that uga athletes AND academics are well known for. Roll Tide

Thomas Brown

December 11th, 2012
8:22 am

No. We beat # 4 Florida to Win The SEC East, whom South Carolina lost to in a blow-out. And, our Football Players Graduate at a far higher rate than Georgia Tech’s Football players, which is what this blog is about, that Georgia Tech of their entire team this season, graduated 2 football players 1 who plays a lot this season, and 1 who does not. And, that’s it for Graduation of Georgia Tech football players, along with the fact that Georgia Tech graduated no men’s and 1 women’s role player in basketball. These are your 2 money sports at Georgia Tech, and you continue to graduate at a 75 percent rate all the other sports, taking the same classes at the same time from the same professors for the same degrees.

It’s just that Georgia Tech, has not, cannot, and continues to not graduate your football players, while every other sport except for basketball, graduates from Georgia Tech.

What’s wrong with this picture for the # 36 documented US News and World Report national university in football graduation compared to the Federal Graduation Rate of your other sports, except for Basketball.

here is a tough one

December 11th, 2012
8:35 am

how many points is a 3 pointer worth?


December 11th, 2012
8:37 am

“@ dawgfan……since you apparently have nothing useful to do in life, why not explain to us the following schools of study at UGA —”

Sure, and why don’t I go watch paint dry too? That would be about as productive as arguing with a Tech fan over academics. The simple truth is that I don’t give a flying rat’s azz what you think about UGA’s schools of study. I’m not on some childish insecure ego trip like you Techies are. Its a nice world. You should give it a try some time.

Have fun defending your runner up finish in the Sun Bowl.


December 11th, 2012
8:55 am

@Thomas Brown

It would not surprise me to learn that UGA football players graduate at a higher rate. I graduated from UGA just by supersizing my order at McDonald’s in Athens. Easiest degree I’ve ever gotten.

Thomas Brown

December 11th, 2012
9:01 am

Homer, sir,

EVERY other sport at Georgia Tech graduates their athletes at 75 % Federal Graduation Rate.

Just your FOOTBALL players taking the same course, same degrees, same professors


Thomas Brown

December 11th, 2012
9:02 am

Comprehension is not your long suit. Why can every other sport for Georgia Tech graduate at 75 % Federal Graduation Rate and only your football players (and men’s basketball players) cannot ?


December 11th, 2012
9:06 am

Ken, great job as always!

A GT Degree is worth a great deal. Congrats to our graduating seniors.

Thomas Brown

December 11th, 2012
9:08 am

1 football player who plays regularly, one who does not and 1 back-up not in the rotation of the top 7 in basketball women’s.


December 11th, 2012
9:10 am

“Thomas Brown
December 11th, 2012
9:08 am

1 football player who plays regularly, one who does not and 1 back-up not in the rotation of the top 7 in basketball women’s.”

This is fall graduates, which means most of them are early graduates. Try again in the spring.