NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State University student-athletes celebrated their accomplishments in the classroom as seniors walked across the stage as part of the University’s 2016 spring commencement ceremony at William Jasper Hale Stadium on campus on Saturday morning.
A total of 47 graduates from the TSU Athletic Department heard their name called as part of the ceremony for those graduating in May or with expected summer graduations.
“I’m so excited that we have such a large number of student-athletes graduating this year,” said Dr. Johnnie Smith, TSU Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services. “This is the first year that we have had this many students graduate. It proves that academics and athletics can ride together and students can be successful at both.”
Some of the accomplishments of the group from the 2015-16 academic year alone include three First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference selections, two OVC Defensive Player of the Year Awards, two OVC All-Newcomer team honors, two First Team All-America selections and seven OVC individual medals.
Former U.S. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. served as the Undergraduate Ceremony speaker on a bright and sunny day at Hale Stadium as TSU student-athletes joined the growing list of the school’s alumni base.
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