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Student-athlete graduates recognized

Men's basketball player Dan Fahey addressed his fellow graduates at Saturday's student-athlete graduate reception.

May 19, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. -- More than 90 student-athletes are scheduled to graduate this May or in August and 45 of them received their graduation stoles in a ceremony on Saturday in the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion of the Kohl Center.

“Our No. 1 goal is to have student-athletes graduate,” said UW assistant athletic director for academics Jason Holtman.

Two student-athletes spoke on behalf of their fellow graduates.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
- Henry David Thoreau

“Through our victories and our defeats, we will use the lessons that we've learned as student-athletes in our future,” said Alexis Mitchell, who was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and also lettered this season in track.

“One of the greatest privileges of being a student-athlete is being able to call ourselves part of a team. Our teammates are constantly helping us grow as people – they become our family when you come to college and after you leave, there is a special bond with your teammates that will never be broken. All of the athletes are part of the team – the same one. We have all had the opportunity to wear the “W” on our chest and compete as a team.”

Mitchell, who graduated with a degree in consumer affairs and marketing, will begin an internship at the University of Missouri Student-Athlete Development office this fall while applying to graduate school.

Dan Fahey, a four-year letterwinner in basketball, said, “We are graduating from one of the greatest institutions in the world. We've also been a part of one of the greatest and most successful athletic departments. There is no better combination of athletes and academics period.”

Fahey graduated with a degree in political science and will attend law school at Marquette University this fall.

Graduates also received advice from a former letterwinner.

"Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life"
- Harvey MacKay

“I speak about relationships and experiences, because that's what you're going to remember once you leave campus,” said Prince Moody, a former football letterwinner and the current Beyond the Game coordinator in the Office of Student-Athlete Development. “This is not the end, this is only the beginning.”

Holtman wrapped up the night by saying, “This chapter may be ending but the book continues. There will certainly be challenges along the way but remember you are student-athletes. You have learned to deal with adversity, you have the ability to work as a team, you are dedicated to success. You have been committed to excellence. Remember those things as you move forward in live."

Congratulations to the class of 2013!

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