CLINTON, S.C. – Sixty-nine Presbyterian College student-athletes were invited to participate in the college’s 133rd commencement ceremony held on Saturday on the West Plaza of campus.
"I'm very excited for our graduating student-athletes and proud of their accomplishments," said Brian Reese, Director of Athletics. "Graduation is always a great day here at Presbyterian College. We will miss our athletes and what they have accomplished here at PC but we're excited for them as they open the next chapter in their lives."
Football recorded the most graduates with 28, while baseball was second with 11 graduates. Softball and women’s soccer each saw seven student-athletes receive their degrees with men’s and women’s cross country each having three walk across the stage.
Women’s golf, men’s soccer and women’s tennis each had two graduates in the ceremony, while men’s basketball, lacrosse, men’s tennis and volleyball each had one to complete the Class of 2016.
Men’s soccer’s Thomas Valente and PC student Van Nibert, son of men’s basketball head coach Gregg Nibert, were named Valedictorians for the Class of 2016. Valente was also one of eight PC student-athletes inducted into honor society Sigma Kappa Alpha. Hayden Caraway (football), Jenna Harris (softball), Diego Manzanas (men’s tennis), Janie Miles (women’s basketball), Chris Sacco (men’s cross country), Jonathan Turnley (men’s soccer) and Abby Waldron (women’s cross country) also earned membership in the honor society.
Twenty-nine student-athletes graduated with honors, including seven that graduated summa cum laude. Grace Lifer and Abby Waldron (women’s cross country), Rob Koski (baseball), Ugonna Akoh (football), Valente, Katherine Parks (women’s soccer), and Danny Bruce (men’s tennis) each graduated with highest honors.
Four graduated magna cum laude as Beau Dees (baseball), Rob Dennis (football), Sophie Cobb (women’s soccer) and Erin Ruff (softball) took home the honors.
Earning cum laude degrees were Trey Hayes, Weston Jackson and Aaron Lesiak (baseball), Reid McCandless, Kevin Quan and Caleb Weathers (men’s cross country), Mitchell Anderson, Stephen Doar and John Hardy (football), Libby Crawford (women’s golf), Savannah Austin and Sydney Fontenot (women’s soccer), Jordan Ashley, Jennifer Crosthwaite, Kensley Loudermilk and Sydney Seigler (softball) and Kayla Stanford (women’s tennis).
Nine athletes also took home departmental honors. Jackson earned Honors in English, Waldron earned Honors in Mathematics, Akoh took Honors in Chemistry and Allen earned Honors in both Psychology and Sociology. Three from women’s soccer took honors from their respective departments, as Cobb earned Honors in Psychology and Fontenot and Parks each earned Honors in Biology, while softball’s Ruff received Honors in Psychology.
2016 PC Graduates
(list includes December 2015 graduates, as well as anticipated graduates for August 2016)
Beau Dees, magna cum laude
Trey Hayes, cum laude
Weston Jackson, cum laude, Honors in Chemistry
Rob Koski, summa cum laude
Aaron Lesiak, cum laude
Men’s Cross Country (3)
Reid McCandless, cum laude
Kevin Quan, cum laude
Caleb Weathers, cum laude
Women’s Cross Country (3)
Grace Lifer, summa cum laude
Abby Waldron, summa cum laude, Honors in Mathematics
Ugonna Akoh, summa cum laude, Honors in Chemistry
Austin Allen, cum laude, Honors in Psychology and Sociology
Mitchell Anderson, cum laude
Rob Dennis, magna cum laude
Stephen Doar, cum laude
John Hardy, cum laude
Women’s Golf (2)
Libby Crawford, cum laude
Men’s Soccer (2)
Thomas Valente, summa cum laude
Women’s Soccer (7)
Savannah Austin, cum laude
Sophie Cobb, magna cum laude, Honors in Psychology
Sydney Fontenot, cum laude, Honors in Biology
Katherine Parks, summa cum laude, Honors in Biology
Jordan Ashley, cum laude
Jennifer Crosthwaite, cum laude
Kensley Loudermilk, cum laude
Erin Ruff, magna cum laude, Honors in Psychology
Sydney Seigler, cum laude
Danny Bruce, summa cum laude
Women’s Tennis (2)
Kayla Stanford, cum laude, Honors in Psychology