Twelve Huskers To Earn Degrees Saturday

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics

Lincoln – A total of 12 current and former Husker student-athletes across all sports will earn their undergraduate degrees from the University of Nebraska during commencement exercises on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Coach Bo Pelini’s Nebraska football program provides more than half of the Husker graduates, as seven student-athletes from the program will earn degrees. Senior linebacker Zaire Anderson, senior offensive lineman Jake Cotton and junior offensive lineman Kevin Williams will enter the 2014 season with their bachelor’s degrees in hand. Anderson and Cotton join safety Corey Cooper as Husker seniors who have graduated prior to the kickoff of the 2014 season. Nebraska’s other 10 senior football student-athletes are all on track to graduate in December of 2013.

Other former Husker football players who will claim their degrees on Saturday are Harvey Jackson, Tobi Okuyemi, Andrew Rodriguez and Donovan Vestal, who all completed their Nebraska playing careers in 2013.

Coach Chuck Chmelka’s men’s gymnastics program added a pair of graduates to Nebraska’s class, led by All-American Wyatt Aycock. He was joined by Zach Hedval.

Nebraska men’s basketball student-athlete Mike Peltz, track and field student-athlete Maggie Maher and swimmer Ariel Weech rounded out the Husker graduating class.

The group of 12 Huskers came to Nebraska from seven U.S. states and the Bahamas, while earning degrees after declaring 10 different academic majors.

Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the nation, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (314) and NCAA Top Ten Award winners (17) across all sports.

August 2014 Nebraska Student-Athlete Graduates (12)

Student-Athlete Sport Hometown Major

Zaire Anderson Football Philadelphia, Pa. Child, Youth & Family Studies

Wyatt Aycock Men’s Gymnastics Orlando, Fla. Biological Sciences

Jake Cotton Football Lincoln, Neb. History

Zach Hedval Men’s Gymnastics Santee, Calif. Political Science

Harvey Jackson Football Fresno, Texas Construction Management

Maggie Maher Track & Field Kearney, Neb. Special Education-Mild/Moderate 7-12

Tobi Okuyemi Football Maple Grove, Minn. Psychology

Mike Peltz Men’s Basketball Alliance, Neb. Business Administration

Andrew Rodriguez Football Aurora, Neb. Ethnic Studies

Donovan Vestal Football Arlington, Texas Ethnic Studies

Ariel Weech Swimming & Diving Nassau, Bahamas Psychology

Kevin Williams Football Holland, Ohio Management