Early Wednesday morning on December 19th, coaches, support staff, family and friends celebrated 35 graduating student-athletes at ASPSA’s Graduation Breakfast.
Among the student-athletes earning their degrees were Academic All-Americans, ACC champions, national champions, professional athletes, and an Olympic gold medalist. Several in this impressive group of graduates also received lucrative job offers from Fortune 500 companies.
Kassie Kasper, volleyball, and Ryan Held, men’s swimming and diving, emceed the event. Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes Katie Graham recognized the remarkable accomplishments of these student-athletes and reminded them they will always be a part of the Wolfpack Family.
Following the presentation of sashes, Brian Clark from the Wolfpack Club congratulated the student-athletes and encouraged them to think deeply about the next stage of their lives and the role they can still play as Wolfpack alumni.
Athletic Director Dr. Debbie Yow spoke about the tremendous accomplishments of the student-athletes, while also reminding them to think about those who helped them along their journey to graduation, such as the academic support staff.
The student speaker AJ Cole, football, closed the ceremony reflecting back on his time as an NC State student-athlete. His speech was guided by a favorite quote, “live fully and die empty.” Cole spoke about his favorite memories stating, “the best thing about NC State is the people around here.”
We are so proud of your accomplishments, class of 2018. You will do great things!