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Courtesy: Georgia State Sports Communications

Student-Athletes Celebrate Spring Commencement

Courtesy: Georgia State Sports Communications
Release: May 10, 2014
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ATLANTA -- Georgia State's Spring Commencement will be held Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome, and All-Sun Belt Conference basketball standout Manny Atkins and All-America baseball player Chase Raffield are among the current and former student-athletes who will celebrate graduation.

Nearly 3,500 GSU students are scheduled to earn diplomas in May. The keynote speaker will be two-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers-Taylor, who teamed with Lauryn Williams to win the silver medal in the bobsled at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. The first U.S. female bobsledder to win multiple Olympic medals, she won bronze at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.

Several graduating student-athletes, like Raffield and his baseball teammates, are still competing and thus unable to participate in Commencement. Also unable to attend Saturday is Maryna Kozachenko, who is part of the women's tennis team that was playing in the NCAA tournament this weekend in North Carolina. 

The complete list of student-athletes eligible to participate in Commencement:

Greg Bowder, Baseball
Chase Raffield, Baseball
Hunter Cash, Baseball
Aidan McLaughlin, Baseball
Manny Atkins, Men’s Basketball
James Vincent, Men’s Basketball
Victor Lavin, Men’s Golf
Talia Colbert, Women’s Track & Field
Latasia Franklin, Women’s Track & Field
Katie Papesh, Women’s Cross Country
Laura Sanchez, Women’s Golf
Melissa Siviter, Women’s Golf
MeQuilla Franklin, Softball
Emily Averbeck, Court Volleyball
Katie Madewell, Sand Volleyball
Maryna Kozachenko, Women’s Tennis
John Kelly, Football
D'Mario Gunn, Football
Parris Lee, Football
Rashad Stewart, Football

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