Fifteen Student-Athletes Earn Degrees

LSU track's Takeia Pinckney with President and Chancellor F. King Alexander
LSU track's Takeia Pinckney with President and Chancellor F. King Alexander
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Matt Dunaway
Matt Dunaway

BATON ROUGE – LSU had 15 student-athletes earn their degrees Friday during its annual Summer Commencement ceremonies held on-campus. In total, LSU issued 104 diplomas to its student-athletes during the 2012-13 academic year.

“Once again, the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes is extremely proud of our student –athletes for accomplishing the great milestone of graduation,” Assistant Vice Chancellor and CCACSA Executive Director Kenneth Miles said. “They entered to learn and now they must leave to serve. We have equipped them with the necessary skills for life beyond LSU which is the ultimate goal of the academic center, the athletic administration and the coaches. Now, they must go and set the bar for others to follow. Congratulations again, and Geaux Tigers.”

Deangelo Peterson (interdisciplinary studies) was one of three football players to graduate. He played in 50 career games and ranked third with 18 receptions for 179 yards on the 2011 SEC Championship team. One of his most memorable moments was a 23-yard rush on a fourth down double reverse during the fourth quarter which led the go-ahead touchdown and a 24-21 win over Alabama in 2010. Earlier this week, Peterson signed with the Denver Broncos. With Peterson’s and Derrick Bryant’s (interdisciplinary studies) commencement, 18 of the 25 seniors from the 2011 squad have now earned their degrees.

LSU’s track and field program led the way with four graduates highlighted by Takeia Pinckney (interdisciplinary studies) and Caleb Williams (sports administration). A four-time All-American, Pinckney was a leader on LSU’s sprints and relays group. She ran the third leg on the 4x100-meter that tallied a sixth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Williams garnered seven of his eight All-American selections as a member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay team which finished as high as second place at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Sara Haley (sports administration) was one of two members of the swimming and diving team to graduate. She wrapped up her career as LSU’s record-holder in the 200 butterfly, 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays.

LSU men’s basketball had two players graduate which included Eddie Ludwig (economics) and Mychal Williams (sports administration). Ludwig, a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll pick, played in 101 career games for the Tigers. He scored a career-best 12 points three times, most notably during a 71-65 win over Arkansas on February 4, 2012.

The LSU tennis teams were represented at graduation by Keri Frankenberger (sports administration) and James Tubervill (sports administration). Frankenberger won 111 matches between singles and doubles during her LSU career.

Softball’s Simone Heyward (sociology) and baseball’s Casey Yocom also received their diplomas. Heyward came away with a career-best .333 batting average and was 16-for-18 in the stolen base department last season. She will return for her senior season in 2014. Yocom appeared in 23 games with four starts on LSU’s 2013 College World Series team. He paced the Tigers with a 4-for-5 effort and three RBIs during the regular season finale against Ole Miss.

Below is the complete list of graduates, their sport and their field of study.

Human Sciences & Education
Kyron Blaise, Men’s Track and Field, Sports Administration
Cleveland Davis, Football, Sports Administration
Keri Frankenberger, Women’s Tennis, Sports Administration
Chelsea Griffiths, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Sports Administration
Sara Haley, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Sports Administration
Shanekia Hall, Women’s Track and Field, Sports Administration
James Turbervill, Men’s Tennis, Sports Administration
Caleb Williams, Men’s Track and Field, Sports Administration
Mychal Williams, Men’s Basketball, Sports Administration
Casey Yocom, Baseball, Sports Administration

Humanities & Social Sciences
Derrick Bryant, Football, Interdisciplinary Studies
Simone Heyward, Softball, Sociology
Deangelo Peterson, Football, Interdisciplinary Studies
Takeia Pinckney, Women’s Track and Field, Interdisciplinary Studies

Eddie Ludwig, Men’s Basketball, Economics




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