UIC Student-Athletes Go Through Commencement Services

June 12, 2014

CHICAGO - Thirty-five student-athletes representing 17 varsity sports received their bachelor's degrees from UIC at the completion of the 2013-14 academic year. The graduation ceremonies, held at the UIC Pavilion, honored students graduating either at the conclusion of the spring semester or summer session.

The Flames' men's cross country/track & field teams had a combined five student-athletes graduate. The baseball, men’s soccer and women’s basketball programs boasted the second most graduates with four student-athletes receiving their degrees. The men’s soccer team captured the Horizon League regular season title and the women’s basketball squad won the WBI Championship.

The men’s gymnastics, women’s swimming & diving and women’s track & field teams saw three student-athletes graduate. Sharon Mwale concluded her career by taking home top honors in the high jump at the Horizon League Outdoor Championships.

The men's swimming & diving, softball and volleyball programs had two student-athletes graduate. Natalie Hernandez has continued her softball career with the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch and Jacki Fletcher capped off her career by being named to the Capital One Academic All-America First Team.

The men’s basketball, women's tennis and women’s gymnastics teams each had one student-athlete graduate. Kelsey Barlow led the men’s basketball team in scoring at 14.8 points per game, Kathryn Sharples ended her career with 67 singles wins and Catherine Dion was named the NACGC/W Regional Gymnast of the Year.

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

Baseball (4)
Jon Ryan
Mike Schoolcraft
Charlie Weinberg
Collin Weyer

Men’s Basketball (1)
Kelsey Barlow

Men’s Track & Field and Cross Country (5)
Arash Darbandi
Thomas Kohs
Angelos Karkalis
Photis Karkalis
Andy Rosete

Men’s Gymnastics (3)
Lukasz Adamczyk
Jacob Mager
Lance Ridenoure

Men’s Soccer (4)
Slobodan Aleksov
Josh Beard
Alexios Fronimos
Piotr Kikolski

Men’s Swimming & Diving (2)
Josh Jacobson
Conor Ozog

Women’s Basketball (4)
Katie Hannemann
Emily Kobel
Rachel Story
Megan Wallace

Women’s Gymnastics (1)
Catherine Dion

Softball (2)
Jacki Fletcher
Natalie Hernandez

Women’s Swimming & Diving (3)
Kristi Carling
Alisa Penkala
Melanie Waszak

Women’s Tennis (1)
Kathryn Sharples

Women’s Track & Field and Cross Country (3)
Mariya Denisenko
Sharon Mwale
Noelle Williams

Volleyball (2)
Justine Garcia
MaryKate Imrie