Brinson, Murphy among 44 NSU Athletics graduates Friday

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Los Angeles Rams rookie offensive lineman Pace Murphy, 2011 NCAA women’s discus champion Trecey Rew Hoover, 2015 Southland Conference baseball Hitter of the Year Cort Brinson and All-America sprinter Gabriel White were among 44 Northwestern State athletes and staff members receiving degrees Friday at the university’s fall commencement ceremonies.

De’Mard Llorens, who became NSU football’s 10th all-time leading rusher, and Tuff McClain, who moved into 10th on the Demons’ career receptions list, also received degrees Friday.

Six student-athletes earned their undergraduate degrees with high honors. Graduating magna cum laude with grade point averages between 3.70 and 3.89 were former Lady Demon softball player Shelby Alexander, former Lady Demon tennis competitor Ilijana Ivic and former Demon baseball player Reid Van Bussum. Earning cum laude recognition for a GPA between 3.50-3.69 were two former softball student-athletes, Shelby Sells and Skylar Cagle, and former volleyballer Amanda Kunz.

Brinson, also the 2015 Southland Conference Baseball Student-Athlete of the Year, was joined on the grad list by former teammate Daniel Garner, a catcher who was chosen in the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Hoover earned her master’s degree in sport administration. She was an Academic All-America competitor who claimed her bachelor’s degree with magna cum laude honors and since competed in two USA Olympic Trials.

As a freshman, White was part of NSU’s 2013 All-America 4×100 meter relay team.

Three-time All-Southland Conference first baseman Brittney Jones, who will threaten Lady Demon softball school records as a senior next spring, was joined on the graduation list by 2016 All-Southland outfielder Natalie Landry, Both were standouts on NCAA Tournament teams in 2014 and 2015. Also on those teams were Alexander, Sells, Cagle and fall 2016 graduate Sarah Huey.

Kunz was a member of the Lady Demon volleyball team that reached the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Along with Llorens, a first-team all-conference pick this season, two more All-Southland football players received diplomas:  2016 second-team selection Cameron Hussey, and 2014 second-team selection Adam Jones. They were among 18 Demon footballers graduating Friday.

Ceremonies included summer and fall graduates. The list of NSU Athletic graduates:

Summer 2016 Athletic Graduation List (participating in Fall 2016 commencement) (9)

Baseball (1)
Richard (Cort) Brinson: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Biology; Concentration:  Biomedical; Honors: Honor Roll

Football (4)
Michael Adams (former student-athlete): Bachelor of General Studies; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration:  Social Science; Minor:  Social Science
Thomas Little (former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Honors: Honor Roll
Tuff McClain: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration
Daniel Taylor (former student-athlete): Bachelor of General Studies; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration:  Social Science; Minor:  Social Science

Softball (3)
Skylar Cagle (Former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College:  Arts and Sciences; Major: Biology; Concentration: Biomedical; Honors:  Cum Laude
Sarah Huey (Former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major: Psychology
Natalie Landry (Former student-athlete): Bachelor of Arts; College:  Arts and Sciences; Major: Criminal Justice

Volleyball (1)
Amanda Kunz (Former student-athlete): Bachelor of Science; College:  Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Marketing; Honors:  Cum Laude

Fall 2016 Athletic Graduation List (35)

Baseball (4)
James (Daniel) Garner (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College:  Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Honors: Honor Roll
Chase Hymel (Former Student-Athlete):  Bachelor of Arts; College:  Arts and Sciences; Major:  History; Minor: Social Science
Adam Roy (Former Student-Athlete; Football as well): Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major:  Psychology
Reid Van Bussum (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Biology; Concentration: Biomedical; Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Women’s Basketball (1)
Amy Staha-Berman (Former Student-Athlete): Associate Degree, Veterinary Technology, College of Arts and Sciences

Football (14)
Leroy Armstrong (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration: Social Science; Minor: Social Science
Darrien Batiste:  Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major:  Psychology
Terrance Boyd: Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: History; Minor: Social Science
Garron Featherston: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Communication; Concentration: Mass Communications; Minor: English; Honors: Honor Roll
Cameron Hussey: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Communication; Concentration: Organizational Communication; Minor: Business Administration; Honors: Honor Roll
Adam Jones:  Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major:  Health and Exercise Science
Christopher Jones:  Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major:  Psychology
Demard Llorens: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Industrial Engineering Technology
James (Pace) Murphy (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Louisiana Scholars’ College; Major: Health & Exercise Science; Honors: Honor Roll
Ernest Michael Potter (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: General Studies; Concentration: Social Science; Minor: Social Science
Darius Poullard:  Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major:  Health and Exercise Science
Caviann Rachal: Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Electronics Engineering Technology; Concentration: Electronics; Minor: Computer Information Systems
Diontre Thomas: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Criminal Justice; Honors: Honor Roll
Isaiah Wheeler: Bachelor of Arts; College: Arts and Sciences; Major: Criminal Justice

Soccer (1)
Yanci Johnson (Former Student-Athlete): Master of Arts in Teaching; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Secondary Education Grades 6-12; Concentration: Secondary Education Grades 6-12 Prof. St.

Softball (3)
Shelby Alexander:  Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Marketing; Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Brittney Jones:  Bachelor of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major: Psychology; Honors:  Honor Roll
Shelby Sells (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Business Administration; Concentration: Marketing; Honors: Cum Laude

Tennis (1)
Ilijana Ivic (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Business and Technology; Major: Hospitality, Management & Tourism; Concentration: Travel and Tourism; Minor: Spanish; Honors: Magna Cum Laude

Men’s Track (4)
John Broughton (Former Student-Athlete): Master of Science; College Arts and Sciences; Major: Homeland Security
Levert James (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Exercise Science; Honors: Honor Roll
Might-Warrior Buckles (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College:  Arts and Sciences; Major: Biology; Concentration: Biomedical
Gabriel White (Former Student-Athlete):  Bachelor of Science; College:  Arts and Sciences; Major:  Biology; Concentration:  Biomedical

Women’s Track (2)
Trecey (Rew) Hoover (Former Student-Athlete): Master of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Health and Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
Taprica Lewis (Former Student-Athlete): Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Psychology

Administration (5)
Tianyu Bao (Academic GA and Volunteer Asst. Tennis Coach): Master of Arts; College: Education & Human Development; Major: Student Affairs in Higher Education
Drew Eschete (Former Athletic Trainer): Master of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major: Health & Human Performance; Concentration: Health Promotion
Jordan Wheat/Athletic Trainer:  Master of Science; College:  Education & Human Development; Major: Health & Human Performance; Concentration: Sport Administration
Colby Phipps/Student Athletic Trainer:  Bachelor of Science; College: Education & Human Development: Major: Health and Exercise Science
Brian Gallagher/Strength and Conditioning Assistant: Master of Science, Health and Human Performance