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Eighteen Former Student-Athletes Are Degree Candidates To Participate In The Summer 2011 Commencement Ceremony

Aug. 4, 2011

ATLANTA – Eighteen former student-athletes are degree candidates to participate in the Summer 2011 Commencement Ceremony for Georgia Tech students earning their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom of the Georgia World Congress Center. The commencement speaker will be Dr. Mark Hay, the 2011 Georgia Tech Distinguished Professor. Hay is a professor and the Harry and Linda Teasley Chair in Environmental Biology in the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech.

Former women’s basketball standout Chioma Nnamaka is one of the degree candidates. Nnamaka finished career as the most prolific three-point shooter in Tech history with 269 made from beyond-the-arc and holds the school record for most games started with 120 games in her career. She is just the 16th player in Tech history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds in a career and was a honorable mention All-ACC pick her senior year.

Jordan McCullers will participate in the ceremony as well. The defensive specialist/libero on the volleyball team was ninth in the league this season with 4.05 digs per set. With 1,460 career digs, McCullers ranks fourth all-time in school history. This past season, she recorded double-figure digs in all but two matches and had at least 20 on seven different occasions, including a career-best 28 earlier against Miami on Nov. 6, 2010. She also averaged 1.10 assists and 0.10 service aces per set. McCullers was a two-time ACC All-Academic team member.

Maurice Miller from the men’s basketball team is also among the degree candidates. Miller Finished his career in 12th place on Tech’s career list for assists (342) and 13th in steals (130). He had 26 career double-digit scoring games, 17 of those in ACC games.

Swimmer Garrett Robberson joins the group as well. His name is in the Tech records books in the 50-free (3rd); 19.63, 100-free (2nd); 43.91, 100-back (5th), 49.06; and the 400-Medley Relay (2nd); 3:12.09. Robberson was an ACC champion in the 200-free relay in 2008-09 and also garnered All-ACC honors that season in the 50-free and participated in the NCAA Championship in each of those events.

Whit Robbins spent three years on the baseball team before being selected by the Minnesota Twins in the fourth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He signed following his junior season. Robbins had a monster junior season hitting .352 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 67 RBI.

Summer 2011 Degree Candidates

Eric Billingslea, football, management

R.B. Clyburn, football, management

Russell Donovan, student manager, economics and international affairs

Bryce Dykes, football, industrial engineering

Mohamed Himedan, men’s track and cross country, electrical engineering

Tyler Hudson, football, international affairs

Sullivan Lynch, men’s swimming and diving, biology

Jordan McCullers, volleyball, management

Mark Mendrek-Laske, men’s track and cross country, industrial engineering

Maurice Miller, men’s basketball, management

Stephanie Morris, softball, science, technology and culture

Chioma Nnamaka, women’s basketball, international affairs

Jason Perry, baseball, management

Garrett Robberson, men’s swimming and diving, chemical & biomolecular engineering

Whit Robbins, baseball, management

Sarah Schoeff, women’s swimming and diving, science, technology and culture

Michael St. Denis, football, psychology

Lance Storrs, men’s basketball, management

Alexander Williams, men’s swimming, doctoral mechanical engineering

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