UIC Student-Athletes Go Through Commencement Services

May 17, 2013

CHICAGO- Fifty student-athletes representing 18 varsity sports received their bachelor's degrees from UIC at the completion of the 2012-13 academic year. The graduation ceremonies, held at the UIC Pavilion, honored students graduating either at the conclusion of the spring semester, summer session or after the 2013 fall term.

"I'd like to extend my congratulations to our large group of student-athletes that received their bachelor's degrees," said Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "As an athletic department, our vision is to build champions for life. Each student-athlete that earned their degree is ready for the next phase of their lives, and I'm excited for each and every one of them."

The UIC baseball team boasted the most graduates, with eight current players receiving their degrees. The Flames' men's cross country/track & field teams also had a combined eight student-athletes graduate.

The UIC softball team, which just captured the regular season Horizon League Championship, saw six student-athletes graduate. Meanwhile, the women's cross country/track & field teams boasted five graduates.

The UIC men's basketball team saw four players earn their degrees, including seniors Daniel Barnes, Anthony Kelley and Gary Talton, who helped UIC earn its first-ever postseason win last winter. Senior-to-be Hayden Humesalso earned his bachelor's degree. The Flames' men's soccer team also boasted four graduates.

Both the men's and women's gymnastics team had a trio of student-athletes cross the graduation stage, while the volleyball, women's basketball and men's tennis teams boasted two graduates each. The men's and women's swimming & diving teams each had one student-athlete graduate, while Haley Craigfrom the UIC women's tennis team collected her bachelor's degree after leading the Flames to their 17th-straight Horizon League Championship.

Below is a list of UIC student-athletes that completed their academic curriculum and are set to receive their bachelor's degree.

Joey Begel, Management
Joe Betcher; Psychology (Summer 2013)
Ryan Boss, Psychology (Summer 2013)
Alex De LaRosa, Management
Alex Grunenwald, Movement Sciences
Harry Kammholz, History
Ryan Shober, Communication
Tim Suminski, Management

Men's Basketball
Daniel Barnes, Criminology, Law and Justice
Hayden Humes, Management (one year of eligibility remaining)
Gary Talton, Criminology, Law and Justice
Anthony Kelley, Exercise and Fitness (December 2013)

Men's Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Anthony Crawford, Exercise and Fitness
Justen Garth, Communication (December 2013)
John Glass, Mechanical Engineering
Tyler Hinckley, Mechanical Engineering
Anthony Hollingsworth, English
Roy Mwale, Architecture
Gary Soper, Communication (December 2013)
Matt Zaluckyj, Teaching of Mathematics

Men's Gymnastics
David Ishida, Political Science
Justin Maxwell, Economics (December 2013)
Dan Zerbel, Psychology

Men's Soccer
Phil Galounis, Finance (December 2013)
Ned Pavlovic, Movement Sciences
Joe Radice, Psychology
Ivan Stanisavljevic, Finance

Men's Swimming and Diving
Mike Greco, Finance (December 2013)

Men's Tennis
Rahul Kamath, Biological Sciences Gautham Oroskar, Bioengineering

Women's Basketball
Heidi Dahnke, Sociology
Taylor Foulks, Criminology, Law and Justice

Women's Cross Country/Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Maggie Banasik, Marketing
Ariel Butzine, Psychology
Andrea Crump, Nursing
Jennifer Johnson, Movement Sciences
Aimee Schuh, Movement Sciences

Women's Gymnastics
Erin Duggan, Nursing
Emily Lawrence, Psychology
Chantel Turk, Psychology

Teresa Aguilar, Psychology and Criminology, Law and Justice (December 2013)
Cyndi Becker, Exercise and Fitness (December 2013)
Kara Komp, Urban and Public Affairs
Devin Miller, Management (December 2013)
Melissa Preish, Movement Sciences
Coryn Schmit, Movement Sciences

Women's Swimming and Diving
Emily Gniatczyk, Psychology (Summer 2013)

Women's Tennis
Haley Craig, Sociology (Summer 2013)

Nicole Allgood, Marketing
Janise Dismuke, Mathematics and Computer Science