Dec. 15, 2012
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MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s student-athletes that are graduating this weekend were honored by the UW Athletic Department’s Academic Services department Saturday night in Heritage Hall.
More than 40 student-athletes participating in commencement activities this weekend were recognized by their coaches and academic advisors for their achievements in the classroom.
Women’s swimmer Amie Osten and Jordan Kohout, former defensive lineman for the football team, spoke at the reception, touching on their experiences as student-athletes and what they’ve learned while attending Wisconsin.
While their playing days are over or nearly over at Wisconsin, a few of the student athletes will still be pursuing athletics in the near future.
Michelle Dalton, a former women’s soccer goalkeeper, will be playing professional women’s soccer in Iceland, while current defensive back Shelton Johnson hopes to continue his football career after the Badgers finish their season at the Rose Bowl.
“When you look back on everything that you’ve been through these past couple of years and see what it took you to get here, and the amount of people that don’t even make it to this point, you really get a great sense of gratitude for everything you’ve been through,” Johnson said.
“It’s a culmination of all the hard work that you put in over your time here, it’s not just about the work you do on the field, but it’s about the work off the field and definitely in the classroom, and I think all the athletes here would agree,” Dalton said.
Each student-athlete was given a stole to wear during the commencement ceremony which takes place Sunday morning at the Kohl Center.