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Razorbacks ready for Fall commencement

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Razorbacks ready for Fall commencement

FAYETTEVILLE – Dozens of Razorback student-athletes will take part in reviving a University of Arkansas tradition on Saturday at Barnhill Arena. This fall, for the first time since 1971, an estimated 800 University of Arkansas students will be walking across the stage to receive their diploma in a fall commencement ceremony.The ceremony, to be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Barnhill Arena, will include graduate, law and undergraduate students who either graduated at the end of the summer 2011 term or will graduate at the end of the fall 2011 semester. Among those participating will be many of the30 current or former Razorbacks who have earned their degree or will be doing so after the fall semester."Congratulations to all of those who will be graduating this semester from the University of Arkansas," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. "I am especially proud of the30 Razorbacks student-athletes who have earned their diploma. The time demands of a student-athlete are challenging. It takes hard work, discipline and dedication to compete at a nationally competitive level athletically while achieving academically. While we are often on hand to cheer them on at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Barnhill Arena, Bud Walton Arena or a host of other venues, this is an opportunity for these outstanding young men and women to be recognized for the ultimate collegiate accomplishment – graduation."Those Razorback student-athletes who are graduating and are eligible to participate in the fall commencement include: Ally Atkins (soccer), Gina Bargiachi (swimming and diving), Chris Bilbrew (men’s track and field), Mike Bolsinger (baseball), Freddy Burton (football), Amanda Caldwell (softball), Grant Cook (football), Weston Dacus (football), DeAnthony Curtis (football), Elston Forte (football), Broderick Green (football), Claire Hakim (soccer), Ben Hays (baseball), Matt Hogan (men’s tennis), Dontell Jefferson (men’s basketball), Robert Johnson (football), Kim Jones (softball), Christian Kowlachuk (baseball), Jamie Marks (swimming and diving), Layne McGuirt (softball), Chris Nott (men’s tennis), Laurel Pastor (soccer), Lindsay Patterson (soccer), Skye Rees (women’s basketball), Brittney Richardson (women’s basketball), Jay Sawatski (baseball), Stuart Sparks (men’s track and field), Alex Tejada (football), Erica Totten (swimming and diving) and Shelise Williams (women’s track and field).Between 1948 and 1971 the University of Arkansas held an annual Winter Commencement in January or February. Now that the tradition has been revived the university plans to hold the ceremony in December each year, after fall semester finals.



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