A few notable names from USF spring graduation ...
USF was kind enough to forward me the full list of students who walked at the spring commencement this week, and after scanning through 5,000-plus names, there's a handful of fun notes to share. We wrote earlier this week about five football players who were graduating and USF announced 31 total athletes getting their degrees, but there's lots more ...
-- Congrats to former USF athletic director Lee Roy Selmon, who is now the proud father of three USF graduates. His daughter Brandy graduated with a degree in psychology, joining brothers Lee Roy Jr. (criminology) and Christopher (biology).
-- A few more seniors from last year's football team are close to getting their degrees. Receiver Dontavia Bogan (criminology) and fullback Richard Kelly (interdisciplinary social sciences) were listed in the graduation program, which can include students within nine hours of graduation. Both players are finishing a single class online this summer to complete their degrees, and kicker Eric Schwartz is also on schedule to graduate this summer. Another 2010 senior, walk-on Chris Lane, graduated in December, so by the end of summer, you should have at least 13 of 18 seniors with degrees.
-- Bogan, by the way, has moved to Arizona and is training in Tempe. He wasn't picked in last week's NFL Draft but said three teams called him during the draft -- Seattle, San Francisco and Washington -- and he said he wouldn't be surprised if he winds up signing with the 49ers once the lockout is resolved, which would reunite him with former Bulls coach Jim Leavitt, now the Niners' linebackers coach.
-- Shantia Grace, who finished her USF career in 2009 as the Bulls' all-time assist leader and second in career scoring, left Tampa a few credits short of graduating, but after playing overseas, she has finished her classwork and earned a degree in communication. USF coach Jose Fernandez said she took her last classes at USF's campus in Sarasota, her hometown.
-- Quite a few former USF football players earned degrees this spring after their playing days were complete. The biggest name might be former walk-on Nick Schuyler, who never played for the Bulls but is best known as the sole survivor of the boating accident two years ago that claimed his good friend and teammate, Bulls tight end Will Bleakley, and two former NFL players. Schuyler was listed as graduating with a degree in communication, and it's worth mentioning that his second annual charity 7-on-7 tournament is May 14-16 at Oscar Cooler Park in Lutz.
-- Biggest name among the other former Bulls? Probably Jarriett Buie, who actually walked at the fall 2008 commencement but didn't finish his last class until this spring. His degree is in interdisciplinary social sciences (ISS), and the same is true for former USF defensive tackle Tavarious Robinson, who last played for the Bulls in 2005 but came back to school and finished his degree. ... Receiver Jason Sherman, who had just one catch in three seasons before an Achilles' tendon injury ended his career, got his degree in ISS -- he's worked for the past year as an intern in the athletic department. ... Former Bulls walk-on punter Ilia Petrov, who had one punt in 2006 but hadn't played the past two seasons, graduated with a degree in chemistry. ... Former USF lineman/tight end Mike McGowan, who had to stop playing two years ago due to a knee injury and has worked with the team's video department, earned a communication degree.
-- Also worth mentioning athletes who not only graduated, but did so with honors. Offensive guard Chaz Hine not only graduated in four years with a management degree from the College of Business, he did it magna cum laude, as did third baseman Jonathan Koscso, whose degree is in biomedical science. Koscso was honored before a recent game for gaining acceptance into USF's medical school. Tennis standout Lucas Jovita is another magna cum laude with his degree in business economics and finance. One more magna cum laude from an obscure name you might remember from the blog -- former walk-on long-snapper Luke Birge, whose degree is in physical education. And baseball's Zach Pietrzyk earned his management degree from the business school with cum laude honors.
-- Former USF soccer player Sammy Castellanos, announced last week as a new assistant coach on George Kiefer's staff, earned his sociology degree. He last played for USF in 2005 and left to play pro soccer without finishing his degree, but wrapped that up this spring.
-- If you've read this blog in the last two years, you're familiar with the work of Kerry Klecic, who did a great job as our USF correspondent the past two years. Klecic graduated with a mass communications degree in broadcast news and already has a full-time job as a producer at FOX Ch. 13 here in town. Congrats to Kerry and best of luck. ...