Eleven Student-Athletes Receive LSU Degree
BATON ROUGE - Eleven LSU student-athletes earned degrees during summer commencement ceremonies held Friday on-campus.
The football program led the way with five graduations highlighted by Darry Beckwith, Richard Dickson and Chevis Jackson, members of the 2007 national championship team.
Beckwith garnered All-SEC Second-Team honors during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. He recorded 189 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks during his career. The Baton Rouge native was one of eight finalists for the prestigious 2008 Butkus Award, which goes to the top linebacker in college football.
Dickson also secured a pair of All-SEC Second-Team accolades in 2006 and 2008, respectively. The most productive tight end in school history, Dickson hauled in 90 receptions for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns. He holds school records in all three categories.
Jackson started 40 of his final 41 career games at cornerback. He recorded five of his eight interceptions during his senior season en route to a 2007 All-SEC First-Team selection. The Mobile, Ala., product finished his career and still ranks second in program history with 44 passes defended.
The track and field team graduated a trio of student-athletes. Among the degree recipients was Keyth Talley, a 2011 All-American on LSU's 4x100-meter outdoor relay team. He ran the third leg on the quartet that clocked 39.20 seconds to take fourth place in the national final. Talley also was a NCAA semifinalist in the 200-meter dash.
Katie Guillory and Juliana Santos, members of LSU softball's 2012 Women's College World Series squad, picked up their degrees. Santos started in 208 games, mostly at shortstop, where she totaled 148 hits and scored 99 runs. She saved her best defensive season for her senior campaign with only three errors in 167 attempts to compile a sparking .982 fielding percentage.
Gloria Johnson took home an All-SEC Second-Team award after her 9.875 performance on the vault at the 2010 SEC Gymnastics Championships. She also matched her career high with a 9.90 vault during LSU's upset of No. 1 Alabama in 2010 before he career was cut short due to a severe foot injury.
Below is the complete list of graduates, their sport and their field of study:
Gloria Johnson, Gymnastics, Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising
Humanities & Social Sciences
Darry Beckwith, Football, Interdisciplinary Studies
Richard Dickson, Football, Interdisciplinary Studies
Chevis Jackson, Football, Interdisciplinary Studies
Thomas Parsons, Football, Communication Studies
Kellen Theriot, Football, Communication Studies
John Craig, Track & Field, Geology