BATON ROUGE -- Kevin Dessauer of the men’s tennis team was one of 35 University Medalists recognized by LSU on Friday as the school held its spring commencement.
In all, 49 LSU student-athletes received their bachelor’s degree with another three former Tigers earning a master’s degree.
Dessauer, who has twice been named the Southeastern Conference Men’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year, graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average in kinesiology. Dessauer plans to attend physical therapy school next fall. A second-team All-SEC selection in 2008, Dessauer helped the Tigers to a top 20 national ranking as LSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this year.
Other LSU student-athletes who graduated Summa Cum Laude honors on Friday include Staten Spencer (women’s tennis), Katherine Accardo (track and field), Paige Brown (swimming and diving), and James Presley (track and field). Caroline Vanderpool of the women’s soccer team graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in political science.
Seven members of LSU’s 2007 national championship football team also received their diploma on Friday. Included in that group were four starters – linebacker Luke Sanders, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite, center Brett Helms, and offensive tackle Carnell Stewart.
Of the 25 seniors on LSU’s 2007 national championship squad in football, 15 have now earned their college degree.
The LSU basketball programs produced four graduates on Friday with Garrett Temple of the men’s team receiving his degree in management. Graduates from the women’s basketball team include Rashonta LeBlanc in general business, Ashley Thomas in marketing and Katie Antony in communication studies.
Other notable student-athletes who graduated on Friday include: Chris Jackson (football and baseball) with a degree in animal, dairy and poultry science; Danny Bryan (men’s tennis) with a degree in general studies; and Bruno Colosio (women’s tennis) in interior design.
2008 LSU Student-Athlete Graduates – Spring Commencement
Chris Jackson Football Animal, Dairy & Poultry Science
Art & Design
Bruna Colosio Tennis Interior Design
Joleen Phillips Soccer Interior Design
Arts & Sciences
Katie Antony Basketball Communication Studies
Michael Bonura Baseball General Studies
Juanita Broaddus Track & Field General Studies
Danny Bryan Tennis General Studies
Shaunette Davidson Track & Field General Studies
Marlon Favorite Football General Studies
David Fleshman Basketball General Studies
Daniel Francis Football General Studies
Colt Gaston Tennis General Studies
Michael Hendry Track & Field Sociology
Lavar Johnson Football General Studies
Josh McManus Football Communication Studies
Brooklynn Morris Track & Field English
Brian Noonan Golf Communication Studies
Jeffrey Parker Track & Field Communication Studies
Melville Rogers Track & Field General Studies
Garrett Runion Golf General Studies
Carnell Stewart Football General Studies
Caroline Vanderpool* Soccer Political Science
Erin Vandivort Track & Field English
Siraj Williams Track & Field Psychology
* Magna Cum Laude
Harold Boutte Track & Field Biochemistry & Chemistry
Robert Smith Football Biological Sciences
Sean Gaudet Football Management
Brittany Harris Track & Field Marketing
Brett Helms Football Management
RaShonta LeBlanc Basketball General Business
Kim Meck Golf Finance
Luke Sanders Football Management
Clare Schepens Swimming & Diving Marketing
Staten Spencer* Tennis Economics
Garrett Temple Basketball Management
Ashley Thomas Basketball Marketing
* Summa Cum Laude
Kate Accardo* Track & Field Kinesiology
Colleen Bertirotti Swimming & Diving Elementary Education
Stefanie Carver Swimming & Diving Elementary Education
Kevin Dessauer** Tennis Kinesiology
Michelle Hensgens Volleyball Kinesiology
Michelle Stabler Swimming & Diving Elementary Education
Jennifer Stark Track & Field Kinesiology
*Summa Cum Laude
** University Medalist (4.0)
Paige Brown* Swimming & Diving Biological Engineering
Christopher Cloutet Swimming & Diving Civil Engineering
Matthew Coenen Swimming & Diving Chemical Engineering
Gavin Fleming Track & Field Construction Mgt
James Presley* Track & Field Biological Engineering
Joe Veron Swimming & Diving Electrical Engineering
*Summa Cum Laude
Perri Budd Tennis Public Administration
Antonio Leonardi-Cattolica Baseball Veterinary Medicine
Margaret Reaves Track & Field Business Admin.