Glad Grads

Dec. 13, 2014

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By Rebecca Burkhardt

ORLANDO, Fla. ( -- This weekend marked the fall 2014 commencement ceremonies at UCF, and 24 Knights graduated from 10 different sports.

"We are very pleased with this latest group of graduating student-athletes," Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services Kimya Massey said. "Their willingness to sacrifice and represent their school has been great to watch. They are a part of a record number of championships both at the conference and national level and part of the highest graduation success rate in school history. They are setting a great example for all future Knights."

UCF student-athletes are graduating at a higher rate than any other NCAA Division I public institution in the nation. Based off information released by the NCAA in October, UCF's Graduation Success Rate of 95 percent is 11 points above the national average and marks a school record.

"Thanks to the ASSA staff, coaches and our great campus support as they are all a part of this class and its feats," Massey said.

The following is a list of Knights who graduated this December:

Deion Green (Interpersonal/Organizational Communication)
Cedric Thompson (Interpersonal/Organizational Communication)
Justin Tukes (Interpersonal/Organizational Communication)

Spencer Davis (Interdisciplinary Studies - Legal Studies minor)

Men's Basketball Calvin Newell (Criminal Justice)

Men's Soccer
Steven Lamberta (Interdisciplinary Studies)
Jake Weiss (Psychology)

Women's Basketball
Brittni Montgomery (Interdisciplinary Studies-- Criminal Justice minor)
Rosinha Rosario (Interdisciplinary Studies - Exceptional Education minor)

Women's Soccer
Marissa Diggs (Hospitality Management)
Kayla Darden (Interdisciplinary Studies - Business minor)
Ashley Nicol (Health Sciences Pre Clinical)
Alex Piercy (Interdisciplinary Studies - Marketing minor)

Loren Cory (Interpersonal/Organizational Communication)
Roxana Mendez (Sports and Exercise Science)

Track and Field
Kalen Hambrick (Criminal Justice)
Afia Charles (Health Sciences Pre Clinical)
Jennifer Clayton (Sport and Exercise Science)
Cody Castillo (Health Sciences Pre Clinical)
Ne'Ausha Logan (Communication Science Disorders)

Carla Ortiz (Pre Clinical Health Sciences)

Samuel DiJune (Sport and Exercise Science)
Derek Koon (Health Sciences)
Derik Janik (Criminal Justice)