TACOMA, Washington – Nearly 90 Puget Sound student-athletes received their undergraduate diplomas during the university's 127th commencement in Baker Stadium Sunday afternoon. More than 3,000 people were attendance during the warm and sunny event.
Men's soccer captain Sam Gonzalez – an Academic All-American – led the processional as one of two standard-bearers.
Two-sport senior student-athlete Lura Morton (women's soccer, track & field) gave a speech during Saturday's convocation in Schneebeck Concert Hall. "Most importantly, our Puget Sound education has taught us how to listen," Morton said. "I do not mean listening as a passive observer. I mean truly listening. I mean listening on the soccer field for your teammate yelling to tell you that they out-ran their defender and are open in front of the goal. I mean sitting down for you appointment in the CWLT and hearing and absorbing the advice that the tutor offers. I mean driving to Gig Harbor to volunteer with Freedom Education Project Puget Sound and listening for what kind of help the women themselves ask for."
Several Puget Sound student-athletes were recognized for academic achievements and awards:
Mara Henderson (women's basketball)… Outstanding Returning Major Award, African American Studies.
Sydney Denham (track & field).... Outstanding First-Year Student, Biology.
Abby Crowell (track & field)… Business Leadership Program Excellence Award
Jackie Dierdorff (women's soccer)… Excellence in Management
Emery Bradlina (track & field, cross country)… Communications W.H. Baisinger Outstanding Graduate Award
Nicole Bouche (women's tennis)… French Studies Myra Dupertuis Prize
Lura Morton (women's soccer, track & field)… Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar
Sara Burke (lacrosse)… International Political Economy Academic Achievement Award
Jared Polonitza (football)… Mathematics and Computer Science Goman Book Award
McKenna Johnson (softball)… Honors in Psychology
Several more Puget Sound student-athletes earned prestigious national fellowships:
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
Isabel Amaya '18 (lacrosse)… Kosovo
Lura Morton '19 (women's soccer, track & field)… Morocco (Alternate)
Teaching Assistant Program in France
Nicole Bouche '19 (women's tennis)
Critical Language Scholarship
Sara Burke '19 (lacrosse)… Morocco