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2018 Fall Commencement Graduates

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One last deserved round of thanks to the student-athletes “getting out” today.

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He’s graduating, which is both sad and happy at the same time.
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Picking a college isn’t just a decision that affects you for four years. No, it’s one that sets the tone for the entire experience after it. And, sure, you can say that a person has a lot of individual control over their own destiny, carpe diem and whatnot, but Georgia Tech sets students up for success in a way few other schools can dream to ever achieve. The unifying aspect of college athletics, and indeed the beauty of it, is that each one of those athletes is also a student. Georgia Tech isn’t defined solely by its athletics, and the appeal of a degree that matters, as we’ve heard so often and so presciently from new head football coach Geoff Collins, is a huge part of what it means to choose to come to Georgia Tech. Everyone comes to Tech their own way, for their own unique set of reasons, be they a student, faculty, or fan, but, on this day, we give thanks to these fine people for their hard work, we recognize their accomplishments, and we wish them the very best on the journey that is the rest of their lives.

In the last four years at Tech, they have seen and contributed to many terrific accomplishments. True freshmen football players in 2015 would remember some down moments, sure, but they also experienced the indescribable joy of the Miracle on Techwood Drive, and in 2016 they reveled in beating their archrivals in Sanford Stadium as 2018 fall graduate Qua Searcy won the game with an incredible leap into the endzone for six crucial points. They complete their time at Tech with another bowl game experience and the opportunity to send their legendary coach out with one last win. Men’s tennis graduates took multiple trips to the NCAA Team Championships, but women’s tennis, led by the graduating Paige Hourigan herself, made that incredible run to their Final Four last spring, and women’s cross country can rest on their laurels knowing that they were the best Tech team since 2001 when these graduates, as seniors, helped Tech to a 28th place finish in the country in their first NCAA Championship appearance in seventeen years. I would be remised if I didn’t mention baseball, especially one graduate named Wade Bailey, who was not a power hitter, but will forever be seared into Tech sports lore by nailing the Brock Indoor Football Facility with an improbable home run in the final at bat of his last home game as a Yellow Jacket.

To all thirty graduates, across these seven sports, we here at From the Rumble Seat wish you the very best wherever your Georgia Tech degree may take you.


Thanks to RamblinWreck.com for the complete list of graduates:

Baseball

Wade Bailey - Business Administration
Jed Bradley - Business Administration
Zane Evans - Business Administration
Matt Gonzalez - Business Administration
Cory Pope - Business Administration

Cheerleading

Leah Courter - Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Wilson Harmond - Industrial Engineering
Carla Hinojosa - Business Administration
Annabel McAtee - Biomedical Engineering

Football

Desmond Branch - Business Administration
Will Bryan - Business Administration
James Butler - MBA – Global Business
Izaan Cross - Literature, Media and Communication
Melvin Davis - Business Administration
Clinton Lynch - Business Administration
Zach Matthews - Mechanical Engineering
Scott Morgan - Business Administration
Anree Saint-Amour - Business Administration
Qua Searcy - Business Administration
Lamont Simmons - Business Administration
Jake Stickler - Literature, Media and Communication
Vance Walker - Business Administration
Jake Whitley - Business Administration

Men’s Tennis

Daniel Yun - Business Administration

Women’s Tennis

Paige Hourigan - Business Administration

Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country

Zachary Gunnz - Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Matt McBrien - Computer Engineering
Matt Munns - Industrial Engineering

Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country

Marinice Bauman - Literature, Media and Communication
Hailey Gollnick - Biology