Twenty-Three Student-Athletes Earn LSU Degree

LSU's Ben Wilkerson earned his masters degree
LSU's Ben Wilkerson earned his masters degree
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BATON ROUGE - Twenty-three LSU student-athletes earned degrees in the summer commencement ceremonies held Friday on campus.

A trio of student-athletes completed their master's degree highlighted by 2004 First-Team All-America and Remington Trophy winner Ben Wilkerson. After four NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons, Wilkerson returned to LSU and picked up his sport management degree while serving as an administrative intern with the football program.

Volleyball's Lauren DeGirolamo, a 2007 AVCA All-America, notched her master's in educational technology curriculum instruction after receiving a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in March 2010. She finished her career as one of only three players to secure 1,000 kills and 500 blocks during her career.

The football team along with track and field program led the way with seven graduates apiece. Two-sport star Bennie Brazell, who racked up 14 All-America accolades and was a five-time NCAA Champion on the track, also was a part of two national championship squads. He represented LSU at the 2004 Olympics in Greece and finished eighth in the 400-meter finals.

Kenyanna Wilson, an eight-time All-America, won an NCAA title as a member of LSU's 4x100-meter relay squad in 2011, running the No. 8-ranked time in NCAA history at 42.64 in the national final. Individually, Wilson earned a trio of bronze medals in the 60-meter and 100-meter dash at the NCAA's.
Travis Daniels finished his LSU career with 26 consecutive starts at cornerback, including all 14 games of the 2003 National Championship season where he posted a school-record 25 pass breakups. He has spent six seasons in the NFL, including the last two years with the Kansas City Chiefs.  

Angela Bensend, a 2010 All-SEC First-Team pick and Louisiana Volleyball Player of the Year, wrapped up her career with 956 kills as the Tigers qualified for their sixth straight NCAA Tournament in 2010. LSU volleyball has had 25 of its 26 four-year letterwinners have received degrees since 1997.

Kannon Betzen was one of two members of the swimming and diving program to graduate on Friday. She collected All-America honors and helped the 200 freestyle relay team to a 10th place finish at the NCAA's.
Below is the complete list of graduates, their sport and their field of study:

Nazily Alcoser, Soccer, Sport Administration
Angela Bensend, Volleyball, Sport Administration
Garrett Green, Men's Basketball, Sport Administration
Tenaya Jones, Women's Track & Field, Sport Administration
Tim Landry, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country, Sport Administration
T.C. McCartney, Football, Sport Administration
Kyle Rose, Men's Track & Field, Kinesiology
Alex Russian, Football, Sport Administration
Tania Schatow, Volleyball, Kinesiology
Amalie Valle, Women's Golf, Sport Administration

Humanities and Social Sciences
Bennie Brazell, Football/Men's Track and Field, General Studies
Jordon Corbin, Football, General Studies
Travis Daniels, Football, General Studies
Reggie Haslom, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
Jasmine Nelson, Women's Basketball, General Studies
Ryan Penn, Men's Track & Field, General Studies
Bris' Robinson, Women's Track & Field, Sociology
Ali Sanford, Women's Swimming & Diving, Communication Studies
Kenyanna Wilson, Women's Track & Field, Psychology

College of Science
Kannon Betzen, Women's Swimming and Diving, Biology

Graduate School (Master's Degrees)
Rich Cooper *, Football, Doctorate in English (PENGL)
John Daniel **, Men's Basketball Manager, Kinesiology-Sports Management (SKIN)
Lauren DeGirolamo *, Volleyball, Educational Technology Curriculum Instruction (ETEC)
Ben Wilkerson *, Football, Kinesiology - Sports Management (SKIN)

* Former student-athletes who have exhausted eligibility and are projected to be completing graduate degrees.
** Was on Athletic Director's scholarship for serving as a manager.




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