Commencement roster: UGA athletes who will graduate Saturday

Seventy-one Georgia athletes will be among the approximately 4,000 undergraduate students receiving their bachelor’s degrees at UGA’s spring commencement ceremonies Saturday evening in Sanford Stadium.

Among them: nine-time NCAA individual champion gymnast Courtney Kupets; women’s basketball star Ashley Houts; and football player Geno Atkins, a recent Cincinnati Bengals draft pick.

Twelve football players will get their degrees Saturday, including two who will play one more season for the Bulldogs in the fall while taking graduate courses: fullback Shaun Chapas and wide receiver Kris Durham.

Here, from UGA’s sports communications department, is the full list of athletes graduating Saturday (with their majors and hometowns):

Football: Geno Atkins, Housing, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Marquise Brown, Finance, Lanham, Md.; Shaun Chapas, Marketing, St. Augustine, Fla.; Kris Durham, Middle School Education, Calhoun; Justin Fields, Risk Management & Insurance, Savannah; Devin Hollander, Forestry, Gainesville; Casey Nickels, Finance, Tignall; Christian Norton, Economics, Athens; Kevin Perez, Child & Family Development, Miami, Fla.; Vernon Spellman, Economics, Kennesaw; Coleman Watson, Sociology, Tucker; and Brandon Wheeling, Health/PE, Dallas.

Men’s basketball: Albert Jackson, Child & Family Development, Earlington, Ky.; Ricky McPhee, Sociology, Lawrenceville; and Tyler Whatley, Religion, Auburn.

Women’s basketball: Ashley Houts, Recreational & Leisure Studies, Trenton; Christy Marshall, Fashion Merchandising, Savannah; and Danielle Taylor, Social Work, Savannah.

Baseball: Steven Esmonde, Finance, Lilburn; John Herman, Finance, Roswell; and Robbie O’Bryan, Finance, Marietta.

Equestrian: Meghan Adams, Housing, Canton; Krissan Blanchard, Psychology, Stockbridge; Alison Brock, Biology, Frisco, Tex.; Melinda Drury, Spanish, Alpharetta; Alex Finder, History, Potomac, Md.; Sara Hemingway, Finance, Alpharetta; Katie Johnson, Speech Communications, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Sarah Locker, Agribusiness, Princeton, Ky.; Kelley Mundrick, Family Financial Planning, Duluth; Allie Sharp, Speech Communications, Pittsgrove, N.J.; Alicia Shrum, Finance, Alpharetta; Kate Stewart, Health Promotion, Dawson; and Daisy Whelan, Art/Fabric Design, Savannah.

Men’s golf: Patrick McShane, Real Estate, Rome.

Women’s golf: Carolina Andrade-Barry, Finance/International Business, Cadiz, Spain; Melissa Brody, Ecology/Biology, Atlanta; and Leigh Crosby, Sociology, Athens.

Gymnastics: Paige Burns, Psychology, St. Cloud, Fla.; Lauren Johnson, Spanish, Cartersville; Courtney Kupets, Housing, Athens; Marcia Newby, Biological Sciences, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Tiffany Tolnay, Recreational and Leisure Studies, Grapevine, Tex.

Soccer: Kristin Garman, Spanish, Nashville, Tenn.; Lauren Glancy, Health/PE, Alpahretta; Leslie McConnell, Biology, Richmond Hill; and Lindsay Stein, Biological Sciences, Littleton, Colo.

Softball: Christie Hamilton, Health/PE, Acworth.

Swimming and diving: Hunter Lainhart, Finance/Economics, Free Union, Va.; Mhyria Miller, Housing, Big Pine Key, Fla.; Aleksandra Putra, Finance & International Affairs, Givors, France; Joe Redmon, Philosophy, Newnan; and Web Worthington, Finance, Atlanta.

Men’s tennis: Travis Helgeson, Risk Management & Insurance, Overland, Kans.; and Alex Hill, Finance, Atlanta.

Women’s tennis: Lara Fakhoury, Consumer Journalism, Tampa, Fla.; and Naoko Ueshima, Advertising, Nishinomiya, Japan.

Track and field: Bejan Abtahi, Economics, Nashville, Tenn.; Kevin Dickson, Economics, Tualatin, Ore.; John Egan, Sport Management & Telecommunication Arts, Atlanta; John Freeman, Economics, Sandy Springs; Justin Gaymon, Advertising, Stewartsville, N.J.; Brittany Holston, Health Promotion, Smyrna; Josipa Jelicic, International Affairs, Zagreb, Croatia; Bridget Lyons, Biology, Evans; Ilana McQuinn, Comparative Literature/History, Charleston, S.C.; Jamaal Parker, Statistics, Macon; Kayla Plank, Consumer Economics, Los Gatos, Calif.; Michael Proctor, Psychology, Jonesboro; Jarrell Stewart, Housing, Marietta; and Dustin Tetley, International Business, Milton.

Volleyball: Simone May, Child & Family Development, Guntersville, Ala.

91 comments Add your comment

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 7th, 2010
2:34 pm

Congrats to all!

The D

May 7th, 2010
2:38 pm

Good job graduates, best of luck in the “REAL WORLD”

RAMBLE ON!!!

May 7th, 2010
2:45 pm

I see the equestrian (can you really call that a sport), has more than the football team.

POAD

May 7th, 2010
2:48 pm

You didn’t Include the Georgia Tech Baseball Coach who finished his Wildlife Degree. No, the Wildlife degree isn’t how to party in Athens without getting arrested. A coach at Tech was enrolled @ UGA before he got the Tech Job. There is an Article under the TECH area on AJC.com.

DoBoy

May 7th, 2010
2:49 pm

Good to see the STUDENT part of student-athlete honored. Congrats to all of the graduates.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 7th, 2010
2:51 pm

Ramble On….

First of all, please noe that you are taking time to read a UGA blog. Then, think to yourself for a moment, that not everybody ot there aspires to be a socially awkward engineer who dedicates their life to understanding how Star Wars worked. People out there have interests beyond the Georgia Tech realm of mathmetics. These kids chose to attend the great University of Georgia to not only pursue athletic achievements, but to major in something that interests them. Just because somebody does not go into the Engineering (or “Management”, likeley in your case), does not make them any less of a person. You CHOSE to attend Georgia Tech, Georgia Tech did not CHOOSE you.

Once again, Congrats to all these STUDENT Athletes. ALL of you have winning records against The Trade School on North Ave.

bigg dawgg

May 7th, 2010
3:01 pm

congradulatins two alls of thee gradulating bulldawwgs who ar gradulatting. i gradulaated lasst year froms thee univeersitty of gargia. i wuz firstest n mi claass. gargia iz a grate skool!!!

toph

May 7th, 2010
3:03 pm

Great job guys and gals! Go make UGA proud in the real world!

dawg77

May 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

Beating Tech and Florida is great. A college degree is better! Congrats class of 2010.

Dave In Tampa

May 7th, 2010
3:05 pm

GREAT JOB AND CONGRATS!

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
3:06 pm

Equestrian beats NASCAR every time.

POAD

May 7th, 2010
3:19 pm

Did all the Staff & Factuly bailout in time for the graduation…… PARTIES? AHHAHAHA.

RDR

May 7th, 2010
3:20 pm

POAD. Classy. How bout finding a rock to crawl back under.

Donitia

May 7th, 2010
3:26 pm

The only football player graduating is getting a “Housing” degree.

Would anyone care to tell me what the hell a “Housing” degree is?

What a freaking joke. I assume he minored in basket weaving. :-)

Teresa in Vinings

May 7th, 2010
3:29 pm

Did the probation officers remove the ankle monitoring bracelets before the ceremony?

RDR

May 7th, 2010
3:38 pm

Donitia / Teresa – You too may one day have a son graduate from college, and I’m sure you’d appreciate congratulatory remarks for your child. I understand that as fans we ALL can get very emotionally charged about our respective team(s), but we should NEVER personally attack a kid for getting an education.

fan

May 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

teresa, what was the UGA VS. GT score again???? 30-24 and we’re starting our streak once again!!!!!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

May 7th, 2010
3:40 pm

Congrats to all who are listed in this article. Pay no attention to the losers in life that use a positive article to show the world how truly ignorant and pathetic they really are. (Yes, I mean you Teresa, Donitia, POAD, and especially Ramble On)

Tim Tucker

May 7th, 2010
3:44 pm

Donitia: There are 12 football players graduating, with 10 different majors.

Monticello Dawg

May 7th, 2010
3:46 pm

Congrats to all these men and women. A UGA degree will certainly stand you in good stead across the U.S., the South, and especially in the great state of Georgia. Any high school athlete planning on living in this state later on, cannot go wrong by becoming a Dog.

The Dogfighter Returns

May 7th, 2010
4:22 pm

Wow. definitely none of these students are rocket scientists.

hammer

May 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

the football graduates are of course the walk on kids.

UGAREEKSOFDAWGCHITMAN:

May 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

You actually get a diploma at UGAG. Oh, that’s right…………..my bad, it’s handed to them. Congrats on a crappy school and a sorry education. That’s why you are in the SEC (Sorry Education Conference) You all suck!

UGA 79

May 7th, 2010
4:34 pm

I am a uga aluminis. I wurked rieally hart too get my diplomi. Its’ a tuff sckool an the teacherrs ur reilly nice and considirate of others’. I am very prooud an exsited about my chanzes fer employmentz after reeieving my diplomi. I cant’ wate too wurk for a GT Alum, cuz thats’ a reel school an not a joke of a sckool, like UGAG is. I feal realy fortunite that I was giben the oppurtunity to excell in the bestis way possible. The tests were realliy hard, espescially the atheletes final ecxam. I missed to of the quesztions regardin the basketball excam. I mised the quesction about how many points a threa point bascet is wurth. I choze to and the correct anzwer wuz tree. Maybe I can be ok in da reel world and can put my knowlegde to wurk and bag groceriis for a livin. I cant’ wate too get my diplomi handded to me tonite, coz I definittely earrned it. Congratzulations’ too all my fellow alumnis fer a job well dun. I wunt to thankz my teechers, stutents, famili and freinds fer gedding me trhrough the yeer. by!

patrick

May 7th, 2010
4:38 pm

Rabun Dawg

May 7th, 2010
4:43 pm

Dogfighter, ever occur to you that not all want to be rocket scientists? Maybe, just maybe,some want to pursue a career in fields other than what you may think is suitable. Congrats to all of the student athletes, and best wishes in the future. And to those on here with those classless comments, shame on you.

Tech80

May 7th, 2010
4:46 pm

Congrats to all those young men and women for following through with their commitment to be student athletes. Too often the student part is ignored by fans yet it is an essential part of the college experience. Kudos to all. Go Jackets, go Bulldogs.

chemdawg

May 7th, 2010
5:02 pm

Tech was my backup school :)

Einsteindawg

May 7th, 2010
5:03 pm

Tim, who are most of these “football” players that are graduating and why haven’t they seen the field? Congratulations to them anyway.

ChemJacket

May 7th, 2010
5:14 pm

chemdawg – “Tech was my backup school”

You only cheated yourself then. Tech is ranked 26th in the country by US News and World Report in Chemistry. UGA? 53rd. That’s a huge difference in the quality of education per an objective third party. Of course, you REALLY don’t want to compare Chemical Engineering rankings between the schools either! Want to compare starting salaries for chemistry grads from both schools? Just check out the Ajax Placement Center at Tech, but then again you might want to save yourself the shock and disappointment. I’m sure your next response is that money isn’t everything, but the quality of your education should mean something, right?

Like I said, if you could get into Tech and went UGA instead you only cheated yourself. With that being said, congratulations to all of the Dawgs listed above. They finished the drill in school as well as on the field.

HBTD

May 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

chemyjacket

Maybe chemdawg wanted to do a little partying and have a life and actually meet some women. All you nerds do is talk about your rankings and money. Yeah, it aint always about rankings and money! I bet chemdawg has a life and you don’t! BTW, this is a Dawg blog so go away pencil neck.

Dawgone

May 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

CHEMJACKET: UGA doesn’t even have a chemical engineering school so how could you compare them genius??? Go away lil nerd!

Bill

May 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

ChemJacket–maybe UGA grads didn’t want to be around anti-social nerds for 4 years. By the way, UGA admits about twice as many Freshmen as Tech. If you take the SAT scores of the top 50% of UGA students, there would be little, if any difference, in ave. SAT scores between the schools. Which means–UGA has as many smart kids as Tech—and about 95% fewer nerds.

Bill

May 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

Who was that UGA tight end that got thrown out of UGA and ended up at Tech about 15 years ago?

ChemJacket

May 7th, 2010
5:46 pm

Wow, I came by to congratulate some student athletes and I get hammered for stating a few facts about two schools. I didn’t stoop to name calling like these dog fans. Yes, this is a UGA blog and that is why I congratulated the UGA students above.

Did anyone notice that HBTD and Dawgone made an effort to insult a Jacket but didn’t take the time to CONGRATULATE their own athletes (the subject of the blog)? I did but they apparently have different motives.

PS – UGA does have an engineering school (mostly ag science) that offers degrees in Engineering with Biochemical emphasis. Check it out if you don’t believe me.

ChemJacket

May 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

Bill – US News & World Report disagrees completely with your logic. Let’s see – they’re objective and you’re not. My bet is you’ve never spent a full day on Tech’s campus so your opinion is based on nothing but stereotypes and fiction. Luckily, unbiased third parties can settle such an issue. I named a proof source. Where’s yours?

PS – What about congratulating your student athletes (the subject of this blog)? I took the time to but you didn’t. Talk about a pathetic fan! I’m leaving so you don’t have to waste your time with any responses. Congrats again to the Bulldogs that are graduating.

Bill

May 7th, 2010
6:02 pm

ChemJacket–I don’t blame you from leaving after such a dumb post. How does US News disagree with what I said. I know US News ranks Tech higher overall.. My point was about SAT scores. Simply check the number of Freshman at each school and average SAT scores, and do a little analysis.

I have spent more than a day on Tech’s campus, and I have several Tech graduates as relatives, and know many more. Nope, the stereotype is very true. Tech students and alumni do not know how to act. Since a major portion of UGA fans are GA residents, and not UGA students or alumni, no question, there are many Bubbas in the football crowd.

And, you are full off it–maybe you should re-read your above post, telling us how much better Tech is as a school.

Bulldog Bob

May 7th, 2010
6:16 pm

It is great to be a Georgia Bulldog! Congrats to all the graduating athletes for 2010. Best of luck in all your future endeavors. B.B.A. class of 1992.

The Dogfighter Returns

May 7th, 2010
6:32 pm

Rabun Dawg

May 7th, 2010
4:43 pm
Dogfighter, ever occur to you that not all want to be rocket scientists? Maybe, just maybe,some want to pursue a career in fields other than what you may think is suitable. Congrats to all of the student athletes, and best wishes in the future. And to those on here with those classless comments, shame on you.
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these grads are headed for the unemployment line, dead end jobs, or back to grad school.

Hendu

May 7th, 2010
6:37 pm

All you Richt fans, here you go. Hard to believe we are doing worse off the field than on.

Tucker, you idiot, leave Donitia alone, she is just frustrated with that “great crowd” of coaches who do so little with so MUCH of our money. Mostly walkons on that list of those graduating.

By the way graduates, no thanks necessary for the education we provided for you. I think, in every case, that the student got more benefit than we, who foot the bill in Athens, did.

Tide Roll

May 7th, 2010
6:38 pm

Marcus Mcneil, Duke Robinson, Sergio Render, Chris Scott, James Carpenter,Maurice Hurt, Ray Domingues, Byrom Isom,Chance Warmack, Darius Mckeller, Jujuan James, Ed Christian. Since we lost all these guys to other schools why don’t we move Kiante Tripp and Bean Anderson to back up defensive lineman. Thank you Coach richt and thankyou Coach booboo.We’ll send you both a national championship ring. Roll Tide

Delbert D.

May 7th, 2010
6:40 pm

I don’t care what they graduated in. I don’t care if it took 4, 5 or 6 years of work. These men and women stuck with it and graduated. That is really something to be proud of. Take it from someone who graduated 10 years later than he should have (military service.)

Sheriff

May 7th, 2010
6:58 pm

The others will when they get out of jail!

College Boards

May 7th, 2010
7:00 pm

How many UGA footballers does it take to change a light bulb? ONE…but he gets 15 credits for it.

hryder

May 7th, 2010
7:03 pm

Holding one of each of usual college through the doctrate, I am fully aware of what is required to realize this achievement. Unless the major was in a very technical field(where specific knowledges are a must) the achievement indicates the discipline necessary to encounter and successfully resolve the requirements of a gamete of courses regardless of ones personal interest level.In all of my academic pursuits I encountered not one person who did not have at least one course taken just because it was required. In other words, the course was all work. Many people claim most of their courses were of this nature. No different than gassers, weights, certain diets, etc., required by coaches. This is difficult to understand for those who were not involved in both areas. If you worked at job(s) and school at the same time you understand if you put in at least 15 hours each and every week. I salute all such achievers. Now you will need to put forth as much time and effort for success in the “real” world. You have demonstrated you have the personal requisites, now it is up to you. CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES IN REACHING YOUR LIFE’S GOALS!!!!!

Walter

May 7th, 2010
7:48 pm

“If you will it, it is no dream.” Theodore Hertzl, State of Isreal

Drive By Diplomas-r-us

May 7th, 2010
8:27 pm

So how is this done, do you stand by the arches and wait for the F150 to drive by and toss out diplomas or do you go to the stadium, wait for your name to be called? That’s right, if you gather at the cesspool, you’ll never hear your name called. Pretty lame graduation exercise for the “flagship institution” in the state.

It's your money - use it now!

May 7th, 2010
8:30 pm

Now that we’re officially in the off-season, wouldn’t this be the perfect time to take an in-depth look at UGA and have a free-ranging discussion about the problems at UGA and why the arrest rate of players is the highest in the country? it’s common knowledge that UGA is a party school, but have any football players every actually graduated with a real degree? Jan Kemp exposed the school and the coaches almost three decades ago, but there is no sign that anything has improved; if anything, the arrest rate shows that things are getting more outrageous every year while Mark Richt – a decent fellow with no coaching skills – has no clue what to do.

UGA has become a major embarrassment to all Georgians, and we want some answers starting now.

chemdawg

May 7th, 2010
9:03 pm

I’m only shocked I can’t find the “Ajax Placement Center at Tech” salary website — And, by the way, the chemist I’ve worked with from Tech was fired 4 months on the job :) What’s your goal in life, ChemJacket?

Bill

May 7th, 2010
10:31 pm

Hryder says: “Holding one of each of usual college through the doctrate, I am fully aware of what is required to realize this achievement.” Hope your “doctrate” was from a one-day on-line course.

Itsyourmoney—What’s your source for saying UGA has the highest athlete arrest rate? No doubt it’s too high, but I bet you made it up.