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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ten current and former Ohio State student-athletes will receive their degree from The Ohio State University at summer commencement ceremonies Sunday in the Schottenstein Center. Among the graduates are current football player Austin Spitler, former men’s lacrosse player Keith Lovett, women’s basketball player Marscilla Packer and women’s golfer Cheryl Stacy.

Spitler, the projected starter at middle linebacker on this season’s football squad who was named a team co-captain last week, completed his degree in communication. The Bellbrook, Ohio, native was a member of the 2007-08 Academic All-Big Ten team and has made 44 tackles in his career as a Buckeye. Spitler will continue his education this fall by pursuing a second degree in human development.

Lovett, who received his degree in family resource management, was a defender for the men’s lacrosse team the past three seasons. He tallied 75 ground balls for his career and was named second team All-Great Western Lacrosse in 2008. Lovett was also a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and three time Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Packer, a Buckeye from 2005-08 whose name litters the OSU record book, is receiving a degree in communication. Among the records she set were three-point percentage for a season and three-point field goals made in a game. She is in the Top 5 in several other season and career accomplishments.

Stacy, also a communication graduate, is one of the most decorated female golfers in OSU history. She was twice an All-American, second team in 1984 and first team in 1985.  A dominant force in the Big Ten, Stacy was named first team All-Big Ten in 1984 and 1985 and also captured Big Ten medalist honors in 1984 and 1985.  She was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. 

2009 Summer Commencement Student-Athlete Graduates

Sport               Name                Major
Baseball            Josh Barrera        Human Development and Family Science
Men’s Basketball    Kyle Madsen         Marketing
Football            Austin Spitler      Communication
Men’s Lacrosse      Keith Lovett        Family Resource Management
Men’s Soccer        German Gomez        Sport Management (Master’s)
Women’s Basketball  Marscilla Packer    Communication
Women’s Golf        Jennifer Cassidy    Marketing
Women’s Golf        Cheryl Stacy        Communication
Women’s Hockey      Olivia Antognoli    Hospitality Management
Women’s Hockey      Whitney Miller      Japanese