NORMAN, Okla. – They have worn University of Oklahoma uniforms, ranging from those seen on Owen Field, the court at Lloyd Noble Center, the floor at McCasland OU Field House, the track at John Jacobs, the courts at Headington Family Tennis Center. They have worn Sooner uniforms on the fields at L. Dale Mitchell and the OU Softball Complex and the OU Soccer Complex as well as Jimmie Austin Golf Course and on the Oklahoma River.
On Friday, more than 100 of those Sooner student-athletes exchanged their OU competitive uniforms for academic regalia as they became graduates of the University of Oklahoma.
The Sooner Athletics Department’s Class of 2014 included 99 undergraduate degrees received, 13 master’s degrees, two Juris Doctorates, one Doctor of Dental Surgery and one Ph.D. Student-athletes who were honored graduated in December 2013, and May 2014, and those who will graduate in August 2014. Three other grads, August 2013 graduates, joined the celebration as well.
In his remarks at the annual Max Weitzenhoffer Student-Athlete Graduate Banquet, Joe Castiglione, Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics and Director of Athletics, saluted the graduates. Based on a typical five-year college stay for student-athletes, the Class of 2014 represents a group that has produced national championships by softball and women’s gymnastics; 29 national individual titles; 24 conference titles; 127 All-Americans; 20 Academic All-Americans and six Olympians. Those numbers should increase as spring sport schedules are completed.
Additionally, OU finished an all-time best of seventh in the Learfield Director’s Cup in 2012-13, the fourth consecutive top 15 finish. The 2013-14 competition will be completed in June after the final NCAA Championship, the College World Series.
This class has produced some of the best team GPAs in school history, four consecutive semesters with at least a 3.00 GPA. The fall 2013 GPA of 3.06 was an all-time best for the department’s student-athletes. Academic awards have continued to be announced including five NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships to student-athletes whose competitive careers ended during the current academic year.