AUBURN, Ala. – Five members of the LSU baseball squad received their degrees Friday in a special graduation celebration held at the team’s hotel in Auburn.
Since the Tigers are completing the 2014 regular season on the road at Auburn and could not attend the commencement ceremony on the LSU campus, Friday’s event was held to honor the graduates.
Team members receiving their degrees were outfielder Sean McMullen (kinesiology), pitcher Nate Fury (sports administration), student assistant coach Alex Edward (sports administration), equipment manager Andre Legrand (sports administration) and equipment manager Shay Dubois (kinesiology).
“This is one of the biggest days in the lives of these young men,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who handed the graduates their diplomas. “They’re going to impacts the lives of others in their chosen fields and continue to be great representatives of our university. It is a significant accomplishment to earn a degree while making all of the sacrifices necessary to succeed in athletics at a high level. We are extremely proud of these men and offer sincere congratulations to them and their families.”
The ceremony included opening remarks by the team’s academic advisor, Becca Hubbard.
“Becca means so much to our team because of the guidance and inspiration she gives to our players,” Mainieri said. “Her dedication to their academic success is a cornerstone of our program.”
The ceremony also included an address from LSU alumni professor of English Dr. Bill Demastes, who discussed how playing the game of baseball will help prepare the graduates for challenges they will face throughout their lives.
The ceremony concluded with a speech delivered by Edward, who spoke of the lifelong bonds formed by the players and the impact the LSU baseball program has made upon their futures.