THE FLATS – Eighteen student-athletes are among the Georgia Tech students that will graduate from the Institute in commencement ceremonies held this weekend at McCamish Pavilion.
The student-athletes that will officially join the ranks of Georgia Tech alumni include two very prominent names – men’s basketball’s Dennis Scott and baseball’s Matt Wieters – who both returned to Tech to earn their degrees after very successful NBA and Major League Baseball careers, respectively.
Scott, who originally left Georgia Tech following his junior season to become the No. 4 overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft and play 11 professional seasons, will receive his executive MBA degree. Wieters, who also left Tech after his junior season, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, played 12 seasons in the big leagues and was a four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, will receive his diploma in business administration.
Additionally, baseball’s Andrew Jenkins, who was selected in the ninth round of the 2022 MLB Draft and continues to play professionally in the Detroit Tigers organization, also returned to Tech to earn his degree in business administration.
Georgia Tech’s Fall 2023 commencement ceremonies are slated for Friday and Saturday at McCamish Pavilion. The Yellow Jackets’ 18 graduating student-athletes will also be celebrated during Tech athletics’ traditional graduation brunch on Friday, which features the graduates receiving their special graduation stole that recognizes them as student-athletes during the commencement ceremonies.
Georgia Tech athletics’ full list of graduates includes:
Andrew Jenkins (business administration)
Matt Wieters (business administration)
Dennis Scott (executive MBA)
Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field
Ashley Sechrest (industrial engineering)
D’Quan Douse (history, technology and society)
Zach Gibson (literature, media and communication)
Kevin Harris (business administration)
Kenan Johnson (business administration)
Jason Moore (business administration)
Matthew Morgan (civil engineering)
Will Scissum (civil engineering)
Paul Tchio (literature, media and communication)
Kenyatta Watson II (literature, media and communication)
Caroline Davis (biology)
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Daniel Kertesz (business administration)
Monika Dedaj (business administration)
Men’s Track and Field
Matthew Mazzacano (industrial engineering)
Paola Pimentel (business administration)
Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2
Looking to build on the success of last year’s Competitive Drive Initiative, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation and Georgia Tech athletics are partnering once again for Competitive Drive Initiative Turn 2. Initially launched on Nov. 7, CDI Turn 2 has reached its initial goal of raising $2.5 million in new gifts to the Alexander-Tharpe Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund and has a new goal of raising $3 million in new gifts to the A-T Fund by Dec. 31. Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech Foundation will match eligible gifts to accelerate the impact for Tech athletics and, like last year, not only will gifts to CDI Turn 2 be matched, but so will the contributor’s benefits in the way of A-T Fund giving levels and priority points. To learn more and contribute online, visit atfund.org/turn2.