A total of 55 Husker student-athletes, including 18 Nebraska track and field athletes received their diplomas at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s commencement exercises at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday morning.
Coach Gary Pepin’s men’s and women’s track and field program made up the bulk of the graduating class. A total of 18 track and field student-athletes earned diplomas, including 2014 Nebraska Male Student-Athlete of the Year Seth Wiedel. On the women’s side, Mara Griva headlined the list of graduates. The nine-time All-American and nine-time conference champion in the horizontal jumps from Riga, Latvia earned her degree as a dual major in management and marketing. Fellow Latvian Janis Leitis also claimed his degree in exercise physiology and nutrition. A three-time All-American and two-time conference champion in the horizontal jumps, Leitis represented Latvia in the 2012 Olympics. Travis Englund and Anna Weigandt added Big Ten champions to the track and field team’s graduating class, while Bobby Carter pitched in an All-America honor. In all, the Husker track and field graduates combined for 13 first- or second-team All-America awards and 13 conference titles in their careers.
NU’s May 2014 graduates came from near and far to call Nebraska home during their careers. The group came to Lincoln from 13 states, including 22 native Nebraskans. Members of the graduating class also came from five foreign countries, including Canada, Germany, Hungary, Latvia and Singapore.
Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the country, while leading the nation in the number of CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (310) and NCAA Top 10 Award winners (17) across all sports.