Student-Athletes Honored in Stole Ceremony Friday

May 23, 2014

Twenty-seven Louisiana Tech student-athletes from 13 different sports gathered in the Waggonner Room of the Thomas Assembly Center on Friday morning to take part in the athletic department's 2014 Stole Ceremony, which honored spring Bulldog and Lady Techster graduates.

Louisiana Tech President Les Guice , Athletic Director Tommy McClelland and Assistant Athletic Director of Academics Reggie Simpkins joined additional athletics department staff, coaches and family members in congratulating the student-athletes and awarding each of them an honorary stole on the eve of Tech's spring commencement exercises.

"Today was a great day for Louisiana Tech Athletics and our student-athletes as we continue our mission in becoming champions in the classroom, on the field and in life," McClelland said. "It was a great day to celebrate these young people and their accomplishments. We are so appreciative of how they have represented us during their time at Louisiana Tech, and we wish them the best of luck in their futures."

The Bulldog football team led the way on Friday with a total of eight players set to receive their degrees from LA Tech on Saturday: Scott Cathcart, Connor Nichols, Michael Schrang, Andre Taylor, Ronnie Fields, Matthew Shepperd, Jon Greenwalt and Shakeil Lucas.

LA Tech's Track & Field squads had four graduates on both the men's and women's sides as Mary Kate Hays, Aldresha Bailey, Kim Francis, Taneka Henderson, Taylor Ashton, Trey Hadnot, Yusef Muhammad and Matthew Wolfe were all honored.

After wrapping up their 2014 season last week, Bulldog baseball senior Taylor Burch and junior Jacob Derouen were both on hand for the ceremony, as both players will receive their undergraduate degree from Louisiana Tech during the commencement exercises on Saturday.

The men's basketball and golf teams each had two participants each on Friday as Jack Lempke and Travis Wilmore represented the Bulldog golfers, while Stojan Gjuroski and Kenyon McNeail represented the Bulldog basketball team.

LA Tech also had members of its softball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and women's basketball teams honored throughout the Stole Ceremony. Those participants included Katelynn Hill (Softball), Caitlin Germany (Volleyball), Melanie Urvoy (Tennis), Caitlin Updyke (Soccer) and Brittney Jefferson (Women's Basketball).

Louisiana Tech's student-athletes continue to rank among the top in the state and conference in Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate.

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