Lincoln – Ade Dagunduro and Nick Krenk were among more than three dozen Husker graduates who went through commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9. The duo representing the Cornhusker basketball team was part of approximately 2,400 students who crossed the stage and received degrees at the Bob Devaney Sports Center this weekend.
“This is what coming to Nebraska is all about,” Nebraska coach Doc Sadler said. “Nick and Ade left everything they had on the floor when they were representing Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference, and then they came back to campus and went to class. They maximized their basketball experience and at the same time earned a degree from the University of Nebraska. That’s what we hope for everyone who joins our program, and now I wish them the absolute best in everything else they do in life.”
Dagunduro, who came to Lincoln from the junior college ranks in his native California, earned his degree after spending two years at Nebraska. He was a sociology major at UNL. Krenk spent his whole academic career at UNL, playing three seasons for the Huskers while majoring in psychology in the classroom. The duo led Nebraska to 38 wins over the past two campaigns, including a pair of postseason appearances in the NIT. Dagunduro led Nebraska in scoring (12.8 ppg), rebounds (4.4 rpg) and field-goal percentage (52.0), and following the season, was named a third-team All-Big 12 selection and Big 12 All-Defensive team member.
The 39 Husker graduates this weekend come from 13 U.S. states, along with one graduate from Canada and another from England. The class also enjoys a rich Nebraska flavor with 17 graduates from the Cornhusker State, including Krenk. This year’s Husker graduates combined for 24 All-America awards in competition and one Academic All-America award in the classroom.
Nebraska’s 2009 May class of graduates builds on the Huskers’ great student-athlete tradition, which includes an NCAA-leading 268 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans across all sports. Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the nation with a Big 12-leading exhausted eligibility graduation rate of 93 percent.