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COLUMBUS, Ohio Thirty current and former Ohio State student-athletes received degrees Sunday at Winter Commencement ceremonies in the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

Among the recipients were former baseball Academic All-American Mike Lockwood, starting football tailback Michael Wiley, a former member of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Todd Boeckman, the starting quarterback on the 2007 football Big Ten championship team, J.D. Bergman, a two-time wrestling All-American, and Krystin Schmid, a pistol All-American.

Stephanie Blanton (women’s basketball) and Briana McCarthy (women’s volleyball) also graduated. Blanton, a member of three Big Ten championship teams, earned her degree in health sciences. McCarthy, like Blanton, was a multiple Academic All-Big Ten recipient and graduated in sports and leisure studies.

Lockwood, an Academic All-American in 1999, ranks among Ohio State’s all-time Top 10 in batting average, hits, runs scored and home runs. He left Ohio State to pursue a professional baseball career and spent a number of years with the Oakland A’s and Boston Red Sox organizations.
 
After completing his collegiate football career in 1999 and going on to play for the Dallas Cowboys in the National Football League, Wiley returned to complete his degree in sociology through Ohio State’s degree completion program. Wiley was the starting tailback on one of Ohio State’s most-prolific offenses on the 1998 Big Ten Championship squad and finished his career with nearly 3,000 total yards. Marcus Green also received his degree Sunday as part of the Degree Completion Program. He finished his football career with the Buckeyes in 2005 and played several seasons in the NFL.

The starting quarterback for Ohio State’s 2007 Big Ten Champion and national runner-up squad, Boeckman was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. He led the Buckeyes to an 11-2 record by passing for nearly 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns in 13 starts. 

Bergman is a two-time All-American and a three-time national qualifier who will compete at the NCAA Championships March 20-22. He will end his wrestling career in the Top 6 all-time in wins at Ohio State, entering the NCAA event with 129 career victories. Bergman was a three-time Big Ten Conference championship runner-up.

Schmid was a member of the 2007 women’s air national championship team and earned NRA All-America honors in two events (sport pistol/second team, air pistol/honorable mention).

Alex Bailey, an All-Big Ten performer in cross country in 2007, earned his degree in biology.

2008 Ohio State Winter Quarter Commencement
Student-Athlete Graduates
Sport          Name                College (Major)
Baseball       Matthew Davis       EHE (Family Resource Management)
Baseball       Michael Lockwood    EHE (Sport and Leisure Studies)
Football       Todd Boeckman       EHE (Family Resource Management)
Football       Steve Fender        EHE (Sport and Leisure Studies)
Football       Andrew Good         BUS (Accounting)
Football       Marcus Green        EHE Family Resource Management
Football       Curt Lukens         EHE Family Resource Management
Football       Dimitrios Makridis  BUS (Operations Management)
Football       Steven Rehring      EHE (Family Resource Management)
Football       Tyler Whaley        AMP (Health Sciences Program)
Football       Michael Wiley       SBS (Sociology)
Football       Zachris Willis      EHE (Family Resource Management)
Men’s Gym      Douglas Stibel      EHE (Sport and Leisure Studies)
Men’s Lacrosse Thomas Sraver       HUM (History)
Men’s Soccer   Robert Strachan     EHE (Family Resource Management)
Wrestling      James Bergman       SBS (Communication)
Wrestling      Alex Picazo         BUS (Special Major)
Wrestling      Tommy Priestley     SBS (Political Science)
Wrestling      Chris Vondruska     GRAD (Education: PAES)
Pistol         Mark Burns          BIO (Biology)
Pistol         Krystin Schmid      ENG (Civil Engineering)
Women’s BBall  Stephanie Blanton   AMP (Health Sciences Program)
Women’s CC/T&F Melanie Price       ARC (Architecture)
Field Hockey   Dawn Pederson       HUM (English)
Women’s Hockey Krysta Skarda       BUS (Marketing)
Women’s LAX    Danielle Gibson     EHE (Human Development and Family Science)
Women’s LAX    Kelyn Laws          EHE (Human Nutrition)
Women’s Soccer Katie Linehan       EHE (Nutrition)
Women’s Soccer Alyxandra Portier   EHE (Psychology)
Women’s VB     Briana McCarthy     EHE (Sport and Leisure Studies)

Cross Country  Alex Bailey         BIO (Biological Sciences)

EHE/Education and Human Ecology; BUS/Business; AMP/Allied Medial Professions; SBS/Social and Behavioral Sciences; HUM/Humanities; GRAD/Graduate School; BIO/Biological Sciences; ENG/Engineering; ARC/Architecture