Former and Current Buckeyes to Receive Degrees at Fall Commencement
Dec. 11, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – At fall commencement ceremonies in the Schottenstein Center, 26 current and former Ohio State student-athletes will be awarded degrees. The group has representatives from 16 sports, including All-Americans and all-conference honorees.
Amber Stokes, a redshirt junior on the women’s basketball team, is receiving her degree in criminology. Stokes has been a part of two Big Ten championship teams and two Big Ten tournament titles. She and her father, Ron Stokes, were the first father-daughter combo to play basketball at Ohio State.
Football players Mike Brewster, a 2010 First Team All-American, and Dan “Boom” Herron, a 2010 First Team All-Big Ten selection, are receiving degrees in communications and African-American and African studies, respectively. The duo helped the Buckeyes to two Big Ten titles and two BCS Bowl game appearances. The Buckeyes are currently preparing to face Florida in the Gator Bowl Jan. 2.
Synchronized swimmer Deborah Shim, a three-time All-American, who despite an injury-plagued 2011 season, was an important asset to the Buckeyes as they won both the U.S. Collegiate and U.S. Senior National championships in 2011. During the U.S. Collegiate National championships, Shim, along with teammates Alex Beckett and Michelle Theriault placed first in trio and, as member of the Scarlet Team, were the team event runners-up. About three weeks later, the Scarlet squad captured gold when they won the team competition at the U.S. Senior National championships.
In three years as the men’s soccer team’s starting goalkeeper, Matt Lampson has a 0.84 goals-against average, an all-time career best at Ohio State, and has amassed 24 career shutouts, three away from the OSU record. He also is a three-time All-Big Ten selection and has earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor a total of eight times. He graduates with a degree in biology with eventual aspirations of being an oncologist.
Annie Carruthers, a four-year member of the women’s lacrosse team and two-year starting goalie, completed her career ranked third all-time in career saves (367), fourth in total wins (21) and sixth in goals-against average (10.75). As a junior in 2010, she was the American Lacrosse Conference goalie of the year after leading the conference and producing NCAA Top 10 marks in saves and save percentage. Carruthers has earned academic accolades from Ohio State, the Big Ten and the ALC in each of her four years.
The complete list of graduates is below.