Dec. 14, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas - Lamar University student-athletes were well represented at Saturday's commencement exercises at the Montagne Center.
The Lamar football team produced the most graduates of any team, as 13 players received their degrees. Baseball had five graduates, while women's basketball, men's tennis and women's golf had two apiece. The women's soccer and men's track and field/cross country programs each had one graduate, while the athletic training staff also boasted of one graduate.
Football players receiving degrees were: Branden Thomas (exercise science/fitness management), Mark Murrill (general business), Marshall Fairchild (general studies), Jestin White (general studies), Keinon Peterson (general studies), Jesse Dickson (communication), Stephen Babin (psychology), Jordan Edwards (management), Christopher Maikranz (criminal justice), Kyle Hildreth (general studies), Lawson Hartwick (business education), P.J. Henderson (psychology), Patrick McGriff (exercise science/fitness management).
Members of the baseball team earning diplomas were: Victor Bunner (kinesiology), Benjamin Coram (accounting), Bradley Picha (entrepreneurship), Aaron Olivas (general studies), Stephen Seger (general studies).
Gia Ayers (management information systems), and Bobbi Taylor-Davis (criminal justice)represented the women's basketball team. Ayers was unable to attend, as she traveled with the women's basketball team for Sunday's game at Missouri State.
Marton Horvath (business administration and Robert Lee (management), who are currently assistant coaches with the men's tennis team after completing their eligibility last spring, received degrees.
Julie Aime (communication) and Sarah Nicholas (accounting) are the women's golfers to receive degrees today.
Women's soccer player Amber Thornhill (accounting), who received the Babe Zaharias Award last spring, as the top senior-to-be female student-athlete, earned her degree. Matt Johnsen, a standout for Lamar in men's cross country and track, received his degree in kinesiology.
Also receiving a degree in kinesiology was Ronald Hebert, who was a student assistant in the athletic training department.