Lincoln - A solid class of 11 Husker student-athletes will earn their bachelor's degrees from the University of Nebraska during summer commencement exercises at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday morning.
Kayla Banwarth will earn her bachelor's degree as an English major following an outstanding career for Coach John Cook's volleyball team. Banwarth, who owns Nebraska's career digs mark, was an All-Big 12 choice on the court and in the classroom.
Madeleine Geibert, who completed her career in 2012 as Nebraska's all-time wins leader in women's tennis, will receive her degree as a biological sciences major. Geibert, a native of Ludwigshafen, Germany, helped the Huskers to their best season in school history in 2012. She is joined in Nebraska's class of graduates by fellow women's tennis senior Jennifer Holmberg from Tampere, Finland. The two seniors from Coach Scott Jacobson's women's team will be joined by men's tennis player Benedikt Lindheim from Coach Kerry McDermott's squad.
The Nebraska baseball team adds a pair of graduates with Matt Freeman and Nate Kerkhoff both picking up their degrees on Saturday, while the Husker track and field program will contribute a pair of graduates with Samantha Musil and Menghia Lorena.
Nikki Haget, who earned a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship following a standout career for Coach Rhonda Revelle's softball team, will also receive her diploma. Haget, a native of Elkhorn, Neb., majored in forensic science at Nebraska.
Bo Spencer, a starting guard on the 2011-12 men's basketball team, will earn his degree, while Layne Reeves from Coach Connie Yori's women's basketball program will also receive her diploma.
The Husker graduating class provides a diverse mix of student-athletes who came from near and far to call Nebraska home during their collegiate careers. The 2012 August graduates came to Nebraska from five states, while featuring a trio of Nebraska natives. Four international student-athletes from three countries (Germany, Finland, Romania) are also in the group.
The Huskers continue to lead the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (299) and NCAA Top Eight Award winners (16) across all sports.