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Twenty-eight track & field student-athletes set to graduate this week

Ben Woodruff, who was recently named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year, will be graduating this week.

May 21, 2012

LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track & field team will see 28 of its current and former student-athletes receive their degrees this spring. Graduation ceremonies are held on campus from Wednesday, May 23, through Friday, May 25.

During the 2012 indoor season, eight 49ers were named to the MPSF All-Academic team, including seniors Katrina Graves-Johnson and Shari Harris, who will be graduating this week.

Strong academic performance has been a common theme in Andy Sythe's 23 years at the helm of the 49er track & field/cross country program. The women's squad has consistently earned all-academic recognition from the USTFCCCA as a result of a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.00 or better. Over 300 student-athletes have also earned academic all-conference honors under Sythe's guidance.

Wednesday, May 23 - Health & Human Services, 9 a.m.
Katrina Graves-Johnson - Kinesiology Exercise Science
Rebecca Hamilton - Community Health Education
Shari Harris - Kinesiology Sport Psychology
Mark Horist - Kinesiology Physical Education
Chris Walden - Kinesiology Physical Education

Wednesday, May 23 - Health & Human Services, 1 p.m.
Phylicia Johnson - Criminal Justice

Wednesday, May 23 - Business Administration, 5 p.m.
Michelle Thompson - Business Marketing

Thursday, May 24 - Liberal Arts, 9 a.m.
Jessica Barnard - Communication Studies
Veronica Franco - Communication Studies
Jackie Herkins - Communication Studies
Kevin Jenkins - Communication Studies
Sam Jeter - English Creative Writing
Dee Lars - Communication Studies
Denise Nunez - Communication Studies
Shakina Phillips - American Studies
Mark Thomas - Communication Studies
Jacob Weintraub - American Studies
Aiyana Welsh - Communication Studies
Ben Woodruff - Communication Studies

Thursday, May 24 - Liberal Arts, 1 p.m.
Sharonda Clark - Human Development
Rosa Del Toro - Human Development
Chris Lawson - Human Development
Sara Macey - Human Development
Manny Neizer - Sociology
Nimrod Piggee - Human Development
Tyler Wallace - Economics

Friday, May 25 - Arts, 9 a.m.
Missy Barclay - Graphic Design

Friday, May 25 - Natural Sciences & Mathematics, 1 p.m.
Steven DeCastro - Biology-Zoology



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