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.