BATON ROUGE -- Forty LSU student-athletes representing 10 Tigers sports were among those students who earned their degrees Friday as part of commencement ceremonies on the LSU campus.
Golf’s Brian Leveille graduated magna cum laude, while track and field’s Lindsay Day and Ryan Fontenot graduated summa cum laude. Day also was a University Medalist.
A pair of student-athletes, women's golf’s Alexis Rather and men's tennis’ Jan Zelezny earned their graduate degrees in kinesiology and accounting, respectively.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2008! This is a memorable milestone,” Cox Communications Academic Center Executive Director Kenneth Miles said. “The records they have established, the championships they have won, the impact they have had on our community, and more importantly, the impressions they have had on one another as well as the Cox Communications Academic Center team is invaluable. They are a true representation of the Tiger Sprit. And for that we are extremely proud of them and their accomplishments.”
A total of 15 current and former football players received their diplomas, including AP First-Team All-American guard Herman Johnson. He was the first Tiger offensive lineman since Alan Faneca in 1997 to reach that feat. Fullback Quinn Johnson also has been a big part of paving the way for 1,000-yard rusher Charles Scott.
A trio of defensive lineman in Rahim Alem, Tyson Jackson and Tremaine Johnson will graduate. Alem, a junior and AP First-Team All-SEC pick, is a pass rush specialist who is third in the SEC recording eight sacks. An AP and Coaches Second-Team All-SEC selection, Jackson ranks eighth in school history racking up 18.5 sacks.
Free safety Curtis Taylor has been a two-year starter and has tallied 41 tackles to go along with a pair of interceptions this season. His two younger brothers, Brandon and Jhyryn, are freshmen on the Tiger football team.
Punter Brady Dalfrey had 20 of his 55 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The Carencro, La., native also is LSU’s holder for field goals and extra points.
In addition to the seven players above, football players earning their bachelor’s degrees included Caleb Angelle, Donnie Chaucer, Donald Hains, David Jones, Cole Louviere, Ryan Miller, Philip Pigott and Jimmy Welker.
Track and field graduated 10 athletes, including three All-Americans. Deonna Lawrence headlines the group with 10 All-American honors and totaled four NCAA titles while running the third or anchor leg on the Lady Tigers 4x400-meter relay teams.
Reggie Dardar added four All-American selections and was a three-time NCAA Champion as a member of LSU’s 4x400-meter relay teams, while Reuben Twijukye ran to a fifth-place finish in the 800-meters at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Joining Dardar, Lawrence and Twijukye from track and field are Jeffrey Adolph, Megan Broussard, Lindsay Day, Ryan Fontenot, Roland LeBlanc, Alexis Lewis and Katie Dawson.
Golf added six graduates highlighted by Alexis Rather, who earned her graduate degree in kinesiology. She was a three-time LSWA All-Louisiana selection as the Lady Tigers have made the NCAA Championships in two of the last three seasons.
Tigers softball had four-year letterwinners Quinlan Duhon, Tiffany Garcia, Dee Dee Henderson and Killian Roessner earn their diplomas. The group compiled a 185-67 overall record and reached back-to-back NCAA Super Regionals in 2006 and 2007.
Swimmer Miko Malberg enjoyed a stellar senior campaign and picked up NCAA All-American Honorable Mention status in the 200-meter freestyle relay. He also qualified for the 50-meter freestyle at the Beijing Olympics and earned his bachelor’s degree in finance.
Former baseball players Will Goodwin and Charles Simon in addition to tennis player Tiffany Tucker graduated in the fall ceremonies. Below is complete list of graduates and their area of study.
The following is the list of student-athletes who graduated this semester.
Reggie Dardar, Track & Field, Agricultural Business
Arts & Sciences
Jeffrey Adolph, Track & Field, General Studies
Rahim Alem, Football, Liberal Arts
Caleb Angelle, Football, General Studies
Megan Broussard, Track & Field, General Studies
Brady Dalfrey, Football, General Studies
Tiffany Garcia, Softball, Communication Studies
Donald Hains, Football, General Studies
Tyson Jackson, Football, General Studies
Herman Johnson, Football, General Studies
Quinn Johnson, Football, General Studies
Tremaine Johnson, Football, General Studies
David Jones, Football, General Studies,
Deonna Lawrence, Track & Field, Sociology
Philip Pigott, Football, General Studies
Killian Roessner, Softball, General Studies
Brent Struthers, Golf, General Studies
Curtis Taylor, Football, General Studies
Reuben Twijukye, Track & Field, Sociology
Jimmy Welker, Football, General Studies
Ryan Fontenot+, Track & Field, Biological Sciences
Will Goodwin, Baseball, Geology
Quinlan Duhon, Softball, General Business
Brian Leveille*, Golf, Economics
Cole Louviere, Football, Marketing
Miko Malberg, Swimming & Diving, Finance
Charles Simon, Baseball, Management
Beck Troutman, Golf, Management
Roland LeBlanc, Track & Field, Industrial Engineering
Alexis Lewis, Track & Field, Construction Management
Katie Dawson, Track & Field, Mass Communications
Rebecca Kuhn, Golf, Mass Communications
Tiffany Tucker, Tennis, Mass Communications
Alexis Rather, Golf, Kinesiology
Jan Zelezny, Tennis, Accounting
*Magna Cum Laude
+Summa Cum Laude
** University Medalist