Saint Leo graduates 72 student-athletes at Commencement

A few of Saint Leo's graduating student-athletes from (clockwise, from top left) women's golf, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's basketball, men's cross country, and women's basketball.
A few of Saint Leo's graduating student-athletes from (clockwise, from top left) women's golf, women's lacrosse, men's soccer, men's basketball, men's cross country, and women's basketball.

SAINT LEO, Fla. – A total of 72 Saint Leo University student-athletes received their Bachelor degrees at the University's Commencement exercises held on Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, at the Marion Bowman Activities Center.

Seventeen of those student-athletes graduated with honors, including two student-athletes who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 3.95-or-higher grade points average (GPA).

Senior women's golf student-athlete Marie Coors, an economics major, was the recipient of the University's Clara McDonald Olson Scholastic Excellence Award, which is presented to the member of the graduating class with the highest GPA earned throughout four years at Saint Leo University.

"Many of these student-athletes have earned All-America and All-Sunshine State Conference honors, and others were conference champions and even national champions. But these young men and women have now earned the ultimate goal from their Saint Leo experience – a Bachelor's degree," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics. "I congratulate them along with their families on receiving their Saint Leo University degrees, and I hope these new alumni will continue to be active in supporting the teams and programs they helped build."

Many of these student-athletes have not completed their Saint Leo experience quite yet; the Lions' men's golf, women's golf, and softball teams remain active in NCAA post-season competition, while the baseball team completes its regular season on May 13.

Below is a list of the student-athletes who received their degrees at one of the undergraduate Commencement ceremonies this past weekend:

Student-athletes receiving Bachelor's degrees at Commencement, April 28-29, 2017

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Katie Louise Adamson

Volleyball

Biology

Stephanie Leigh Adkins *

Softball

Health Care Management

Alexandra Yevuti Alvarez

Women's lacrosse

Social Work

Amanda T. Coppolo *

Women's lacrosse

Health Care Management

Michelle Leigh George

Softball

Biology

Genevieve Gignac

Women's soccer

Biology

Joshua J. Kaulfling

Men's lacrosse

Computer Information Systems/Computer Science

Evan Tucker Langmead

Men's lacrosse

Computer Information Systems/Computer Science

Danica L. Leili

Women's lacrosse

Biology

Rafal Matuszczak **

Men's XC/track

Computer Information Systems/Computer Science

Alejandro Jimena Muro

Women's soccer

Biology

Naduah Gabrielle Ortiz

Women's basketball

Health Care Management

Preston Gil Pena

Men's lacrosse

Computer Information Systems

Trail Eli Pierce *

Men's basketball

Computer Science/Information Assurance

Hannah Pietz

Volleyball

Health Care Management

Bafou Sanogo

Men's soccer

Computer Information Systems/Computer Science

Anna Siruckova #

Volleyball

Biology

Adam Urbaniak *

Men's XC/track

Computer Information Systems

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS 

Christopher Ronald Arteaga

Men's track

History

Casey Alexander Bannon

Men's golf

Communication Management

Kelsey Ann Bare

Women's soccer

Management

Niclas Patrik Bez *

Men's XC/track

Management and Marketing

Allyssa Christine Black **

Women's swimming

Marketing

Elijah Daniel Blackman

Men's basketball

Sport Business

Nicholas Domenico Boland

Baseball

Accounting

Danielle Lange Bottley

Softball

Psychology

Nicholas Robert Buckley

Men's lacrosse

Management

Christopher Michael Burke

Men's lacrosse

Multimedia Management

Kelsey Rose Burns

Women's lacrosse

Sport Business

Marcelo Casas

Men's soccer

Int'l Tourism & Hospitality Management

Robert Kenrick Cavanaugh

Men's lacrosse

Accounting

Liam Christensen

Men's lacrosse

Political Science

Marie Jaqueline Coors ***

Women's golf

Economics

Brittany Erin Creamer ***

Softball

Management

Marcus L. Dewberry

Men's basketball

Sport Business

Andrea E. Dobo *

Women's lacrosse

Religion

Caroline Cotton Fraser

Women's lacrosse

Sport Business

Ryan Keith Gendron

Men's golf

Marketing

Cierra Michelle Gregory

Women's track

Psychology

Necdet Gurkan

Men's basketball

Psychology

Dylan Dionne Harris

Baseball

Sport Business

Rachael Nicole Heath

Softball

Elementary Education

James David Jessop *

Men's golf

Marketing

Alysia Z. Johnson

Women's basketball

Management

Arielle Nsimba Kabangu

Women's soccer

Management

Matthias Katerna

Men's soccer

Sport Business

Jake J. Kavanaugh

Men's lacrosse

Criminal Justice

Rachael H. Lemon

Volleyball

Sport Business

Jody Alyse Madsen *

Women's lacrosse

Marketing

Michael F. Mann

Baseball

Criminal Justice

Eoin Thomas McAvinchey

Baseball

Sport Business

Natalie McCormick

Women's XC/track

English

Conor J. McElhinney

Men's soccer

Management

Chadwick Grant Miller

Baseball

Sport Business

Kristin Li Nerman

Women's soccer

Marketing

Emily Anne Pittenger *

Women's lacrosse

Accounting

Christopher Puente

Men's soccer

Criminal Justice

Victoria Grace Quarles

Women's track

Communication Management

Anthony Jason Rainaldi **

Baseball

Accounting

Colett Rampf *

Women's XC/track

Economics

Brandon Michael Rivera

Men's soccer

Sport Business

Isabella Robbiani #

Women's tennis

Sport Business

Sabrina Marie Rumbaugh

Women's golf

Sport Business

Zachary J. Sabo

Baseball

Criminal Justice

Chelsy C. Springs

Women's basketball

Sociology

Jamee L. Townsend

Volleyball

Accounting

Daniel R. Twitty

Baseball

Sport Business

Anastasia Wagner *

Women's tennis

Economics and Management

Colin James Warren

Men's golf

Management

Zachary T. Whitaker

Baseball

Management

Shane Thomas Williams

Baseball

Management

Katherine Zaatini *

Women's tennis

Economics

 

# - graduating student-athlete who exhausted their eligibility prior to 2016-17 academic year

* - cum laude (3.65-3.84 GPA)
** - magna cum laude (3.85-3.94 GPA)
*** - summa cum laude (3.95 or higher GPA)