TAMPA - Within the last year, 13 football players have earned their degrees from the University of South Florida, capped by the four who will walk across the stage this weekend at commencement ceremonies.
Linebacker Chris Robinson will accept his criminology degree while tight end Ben Busbee and wide receiver Jeffrey Wilson will earn their bachelor's degrees in social sciences and elementary education, respectively. Tight end Andrew Ketchel, who still has a year of eligibility and will be a major factor in the Bulls' 2010 offense, will earn a degree in political science.
"What a wonderful time in the life of these young men and their families," said USF head coach Skip Holtz. "I take so much pride in their academic success, as does our entire coaching staff and especially our academic leadership in Jason Linders, Amy Perkins and Justin Miller. We all celebrate the accomplishments of Chris, Ben, Jeffrey and Andrew, while looking forward to the positive impact they will have in our communities."
The four football players are part of the 40 Bulls student-athletes who will join the 5,608 USF graduates at four Spring Commencement ceremonies this weekend.
During the 2009 Winter Commencement, seven Bulls completed their coursework at USF. Those men were Matt Grothe, Delbert Alvarado, Colby Erskin, Aaron Harris, Kenneth Luberice, Moise Plancher and Aston Samuels. Seniors Jessie Hester and George Selvie also earned degrees from USF last summer.
At the Winter Commencement, Grothe received the Distinguished Service Award from USF Polytechnic in Lakeland.