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22 Fall Graduates Honored at 'The Tribute'

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BATON ROUGE – Twenty-two LSU student-athletes that are set to graduate on Friday were honored at The Tribute on Thursday night at the South Stadium Club inside Tiger Stadium.

The event honors and recognizes all the things that the graduating student-athletes have accomplished in the classroom and in their respective sports during their time in Baton Rouge.

“I like winning games, I like winning meets, but you all are winners at life with this achievement,” LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva mentioned Thursday night at the ceremony. “You’ve got your degrees. You’ve learned a lot in the classroom, but what you learned in competition, in the locker room, on the field, on the track and on the court is going to carry you farther in life.

“The values that you learned – time management, loyalty, discipline, respect – they’re all going to carry you throughout the rest of your lives. They’re going to be the values you never forget. This is your home. You’re always going to be Tigers. No one can take that away from you. No one can ever take that degree away from you. It’s yours forever.”

All the graduating student-athletes will receive a LSU stole that notates they are a student-athlete. The white stole will have the words ‘Student-Athlete’ inscribed on it and those words will be accompanied by a Tiger head and LSU logo. The stole lets student-athletes stand out amongst their peers, while blending in the with the university’s traditional purple cap and gown ensemble.

Former LSU tennis player Ryann Foster was the class speaker at Thursday night’s tribute. Foster was a three-year letterwinner for the women’s tennis team and won 71 singles matches to rank sixth in program history.

“Family, community and pride were my first impressions of LSU,” Foster noted. “I took my first visit to Baton Rouge over three years ago and am proud to say that this will always feel like a second home no matter what part of the world life takes me next. Being a student-athlete means a lot of different things.

“It often means getting up early and going to bed late. It means giving your all every day and doing it for more than just yourself. You’re doing it for your family, for your teammates, for your coaches and for our beloved three letters – LSU. We can show our gratitude best by carrying on our legacy for the long line of Tigers who come after us. The character that we build within ourselves competing here is invaluable and deserves to be shared.”

Twenty-two athletes from nine different sports were honored Thursday evening. Football has eight graduates, while women’s track and field has four. Soccer, baseball and softball have two graduates apiece and women’s basketball, women’s tennis, men’s tennis and men’s swimming & diving have one apiece.

Commencement ceremonies will be held throughout the day Friday, Dec. 14, at various locations on campus. An extensive list of where each commencement ceremony will be held can be found at lsu.edu.

2018 LSU Fall Graduates (22)

College of Agriculture (1)

Jake Markham – Natural Resource Ecology & Management – Men’s Swimming & Diving

E.J. Ourso College of Business (6)

Mikiah Brisco – Accounting – Women’s Track and Field

Rebecca Little – Master of Science in Finance – Women’s Track and Field

Michael Ostrom – General Business – Football

Chrissy Pitre – Information Systems & Decision Sciences – Soccer

Tiger Scheyd – Management – Football

Bennett Schiro – Master of Science in Finance – Football

College of Engineering (2)

Monica Guillot – Chemical Engineering – Women’s Track and Field

Justin Mikush – Construction Management – Football

College of Human Sciences & Education (9)

John Battle – Sports Administration – Football

Garrett Brumfield – Sports Administration – Football

Jordane Carvery – Elementary Education – Soccer

Gabor Csonka – Sports Administration – Men’s Tennis

Leon Landry – Sports Administration – Baseball

Sydney Loupe – Sports Administration – Softball

Foster Moreau – Sports Administration – Football

Doug Norman – Sports Administration – Baseball

Amber Serrett – Kinesiology – Softball

College of Humanities & Social Sciences (4)

Ryann Foster – Interdisciplinary Studies – Women’s Tennis

Aleia Hobbs – Interdisciplinary Studies – Women’s Track and Field

Shanice Norton – Sociology – Women’s Basketball

Ed Paris – Interdisciplinary Studies - Football

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