TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Dec. 16) – The FAMU Department of Athletics announces the graduation of 22 student-athletes in the Fall 2017 commencement ceremonies. Included in the graduates were 17 athletes earning bachelor’s degrees and five student-athletes earning master’s degrees Fri., Dec. 15 and Sat., Dec. 16 at the Lawson Center main arena.
FAMU Interim Director of Athletics, John Eason, was pleased with the number of student-athletes attaining their degrees. “Graduation is when real victories occur. When we commit to these FAMU students and their families, we convince them that this university is the best place to get a great education. This institution has withstood the test of time in leading the nation in producing some of the best graduates the nation has to offer. To be able to also participate in intercollegiate sports is just icing on the cake,” Eason said.
Leading the group of graduates are two members of the 2017 MEAC men’s tennis champion Rattlers. Walner Espinoza and Karlyn Small both participated in commencement ceremonies this weekend. Espinoza attained his B.S. in Information Technology, while Small earned his B.S. in business Administration.
Above: Walner Espinoza is presented on stage by FAMU president Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
Highly decorated track and field athlete Andrea Aaron was awarded her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Aaron earned several MEAC honors en route to helping the Lady Rattler track team to two MEAC Outdoor Track and Field championships. She also earned several top honors in indoor track and field.
FAMU Director of Track and Field, Darlene Moore, Ph.D., was ecstatic about Aaron’s matriculation. “As an educator first, it is always refreshing to see a student-athlete perform well on the field and in the classroom. I am very proud of ‘Pooh’ as we call her. She was a quiet leader on the field, but she was efficient in handling her academic and athletic responsibilities with excellence,” Moore said
Also earning degrees this weekend were student-athletes who had attained accolades from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). All-MEAC tennis player Dominique Henry was awarded her B.S. in Business Economics. Former All-MEAC volleyball players Pamela Soriano and Dei’Ja Martin were included in the number of hundreds of graduates who crossed the stage. Soriano earned a B.S. in Public Relations, while Martin graduated in Journalism.
Full listing of FAMU Athletes who participated in Fall 2017 commencement:
Walner Espinoza Men’s Tennis B.S. Information Technology
Fernidand Rondon Baseball B.S. Information Technology
Curtis Alexander Football B.S. Criminal Justice
Jacky Miles Jr. Baseball B.S. Criminal Justice
Florence Outtara Women's Basketball B.S. Accounting
Andrea Aaron Track B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Calvin Darville Football B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Chaviss Murphy Football B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Rashad Williams Football B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies
Jules Dornevil Football B.S. Psychology
Vincent Jefferies Football B.S. Psychology
Chelsea Costin Cheer B.S. Health Info. Systems
Karlyn Small Tennis B.S. Business Administration
Dominique Henry Tennis B.S. Business Economics
Dei’Ja Martin Volleyball B.S. Journalism
Pamela Soriano Volleyball B.S. Public Relations
Nyeja Warner Cheer B.S. Public Relations
Garrett Johnson Baseball M.S. Sport Management
Kenneth McDonald Baseball M.S. Sport Management
Kendal Weeks Baseball M.S. Sport Management
Ginna Chavez-Lopez Volleyball M.B.A.
Alec Wong Baseball M.B.A.