The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department celebrated 39 student-athletes, managers and support staff who participated in today’s 243rd Commencement Ceremonies at McKenzie Arena. Seven of the Mocs graduated with distinction, led by Southern Conference Players of the Year Taylor Hall and Jordan Britt.
Hall, the first in league history to earn women’s basketball player of the year, defensive player of the year and tournament MVP honors in the same season, capped off her career with Magna Cum Laude honors as a Rehabilitation Science major.
Britt earned Cum Laude recognition as a Health & Human Performance major. She led the Mocs to their fifth straight SoCon Women’s Golf Title this season, grabbing league player of the year honors along the way.
Football’s Nick Pollard (Criminal Justice) and soccer’s Taylor Mangrum (Rehabilitation Science) were also Magna Cum Laude. Women’s tennis All-SoCon performer Alexa Flynn graduated Cum Laude in Political Science, as did track & field’s Nathan Wanuch (Secondary English) and softball’s Stephanie Rieck (Business).
Other notables who graduated today included Z. Mason (Integrated Studies), the SoCon Men’s Basketball Defensive Player of the Year; Johnny Taylor (Criminal Justice), the 1997 SoCon Men’s Basketball Player of the Year; Steven Fox (Business), the 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion; Football All-American Wes Dothard (Criminal Justice); and former SoCon Wrestling Champion Alex Hudson (Mechanical Engineering).
A full list of today’s grads from the Athletics Department is available below. Be sure to check out the photo gallery attached to this story.
Additional Notes on the 39 Mocs who walked today.
- 34 made the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll at least once in their careers.
- 25 have won at least one Southern Conference Team Championship in their careers at UTC.
- 15 made at least one All-Southern Conference team in their careers.
- Eight were Academic All-Southern Conference Honorees.
- Four have earned Southern Conference Player of the Year Honors during their careers.
- Three have won at least one Southern Conference Individual Championship.
- One was an All-American.
- One was a U.S. Amateur Champion.
Z. Mason – Integrated Studies
Alex Black – Integrated Studies
Destiny Bramblett – Integrated Studies
Ashlen Dewart – Health & Human Performance
Meghan Downes – Health & Human Performance
Faith Dupree - Biology
Taylor Hall – Rehabilitation Science – Cum Laude
Bryant Belew – Health & Human Performance
Hunter Dockery – Engineering Technology Management
Wes Dothard – Political Science
Shaun Hill – Business
Derrick Lott – Integrated Studies
Zach McCarter – Health & Human Performance
Nick Pollard – Criminal Justice – Magna Cum Laude
Davis Bunn - Business
Steven Fox - Business
Chris Robb – Business
Benni Weilguni - Business
Jordan Britt – Health & Human Performance – Cum Laude
Danielle Barr – M.S. Nursing
Taylor Mangrum – Rehabilitation Science – Magna Cum Laude
Kaiti Dutton – Health & Human Performance
Stephanie Rieck – Business – Cum Laude
Tyler Templet - Biology
Hannah Thurley – Health & Human Performance
Ankit Chopra – Sociology & Anthropology
Roberto Vieira – Mechanical Engineering
Alexa Flynn – Political Science – Cum Laude
Track & Field/Cross Country
Gabby Cader – Legal Assistant Studies
Nathan Wanuch – Secondary English – Cum Laude
Alex Hudson – Mechanical Engineering
Trey Stavrum - Business
Ian Carruthers – Athletic Training – M.S. Health & Human Performance
Tim Davis – Equipment Room – Health & Human Performance
Idris Garcia – Wrestling – Communication – Cum Laude
Jenni Martin – Marketing – M.B.A.
Brett Stuart – Men’s Basketball – Health & Human Performance
Johnny Taylor – Men’s Basketball – Criminal Justice
Sharon West – Athletic Training – M.S. Health & Human Performance