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Eleven Student-Athletes Earn Degrees in Fall Commencement



Nov. 19, 2013

RUSTON, La. - Eleven Louisiana Tech student-athletes from six different sports earned degrees during the University's fall commencement exercises held at the Thomas Assembly Center this past Saturday in Ruston.

A total of five Bulldog football players earned their degrees this fall quarter, including D.J. Banks (Finance), Matthew Conger (Forestry), Vince Cano (Political Science), Jacarri Jackson (Sociology) and Carter Street (Finance). Thomas Graham, who is the Director of Football Recruiting and Alumni Relations, also received his master's degree in counseling and guidance.

Those five LA Tech football players who earned degrees this fall join a list of 12 other Bulldogs that have already received their undergraduate degree. Louisiana Tech's 17 football players with a degree in hand is the most of any team in the country this year.

Former Bulldog pitcher and outfielder Kyle Roliard, who was drafted in the 13th round by the Colorado Rockies following his junior season in 2011, returned to Louisiana Tech and earned his degree in kinesiology and health promotion Saturday afternoon.

Other Bulldogs and Lady Techsters to receive their degrees this fall were Cassie Krieg (Softball, education), Marcella LeBlanc (Track & Field, sociology), Patrick Blunt (Golf, master's in business administration) and Alena Erofeyeva (Tennis, master's in business administration).

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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