Wisconsin Athletics honors graduating student-athletes


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Jan. 14, 2014

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MADISON, Wis. –Wisconsin’s student-athletes that graduated in 2013 were honored with a special reception hosted by the Wisconsin Athletic Department’s Office of Academic Services and Office of Student-Athlete Development in Gordon Commons on Saturday, December 21st.

Approximately 40 students that either graduated in December or will miss the Spring 2014 ceremony in May due to athletic competition were honored during the one-hour event. In addition, 125 family members, friends, and coaches attended the gathering to support the graduates.

For the first time, graduates were able to invite faculty and staff from departments across campus to recognize the positive impact they had during the student athlete’s time at Wisconsin. Teresa Larson, Carolyn Lesch, Henry Perez-Guerra, Mary Schil, Donald Stanley, Anne Stevens and Chad Warren were all recognized during the ceremony for helping graduates achieve their potential.

Softball player Maggie Strange, who helped the Badgers win the Big Ten title and a bid to the NCAA tournament in 2013, addressed her fellow graduates and the crowd on the puzzle that the student-athletes help create at Wisconsin.

“You see our experience here is like a puzzle,” Strange said. “We all had a way of contributing and never did I think that I would be a piece of it. We all are. Each of us had a part to all of these accomplishments, whether it be that we played in the games that got us to the bowl games or championships or were the ones that were screaming our lungs out in the sea of red during those Saturdays in the fall. We all had a part. This puzzle that we all created is one that will forever be remembered.

“Our class is special and we all have something to show for it. And you know what’s cool about a puzzle? A puzzle has pieces of all shapes sizes and colors. So please join me in one last salute to our “W”, the puzzle that we all worked on to create.”

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