Butler Senior Athletes Head To Commencement

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Thirty-five Butler student-athletes will reach a major milestone on Saturday (May 11) in a place that has become a second home during their college undergraduate days.  The group of athletes will join their classmates at Hinkle Fieldhouse to receive their diplomas at Butler’s Spring Commencement Ceremony.

Athletes representing 14 Butler teams will be among the graduates receiving degrees.  The football team leads the way with seven players from last year’s championship team, while the baseball, men’s basketball and men’s soccer teams each have four.  Athletes from last year’s softball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country/track, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and women’s tennis teams also will be participating in the ceremony.

Butler’s four baseball players, Chase Byerly, Lucas Calderon, Jack Dillon and Joel Leichty, will be among the busiest individuals on Saturday.  Immediately following the graduation ceremony, the four will trade their commencement gowns for baseball uniforms and head down the back hill behind Hinkle Fieldhouse for an Atlantic 10 Conference game against Rhode Island.  That contest at Bulldog Park will start at 2 p.m. to accommodate commencement.

While a number of Butler’s athletes will be continuing their education in a variety of graduate programs, several will be jumping immediately into their chosen career.  Byerly is beginning a career as a marketing associate at Eli Lilly, while Leichty is headed to Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).   Women’s basketball player Becca Bornhorst will be working at GRand Solutions, LLC, a marketing, events and communications company that specializes in motor sports in Speedway, Ind., and women’s golfer Ali Arends has a position at Golf Solutions 360 in Zionsville.

Butler men’s basketball players Andrew Smith and Rotnei Clarke are pursuing a career in professional basketball, while teammate Chase Stigall has accepted a teaching position in Indianapolis.  Men’s soccer player Jared Isenthal will be working for Hitachi Consulting as a member of their financial core consulting group.

At least two Butler student-athletes will be headed to law school in the fall.  Dillon has been accepted at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, while men’s golfer Colin Reenan will begin classes at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law.

Two of Butler’s senior athletes will miss the weekend commencement activities at Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Arends and Julia Porter helped lead Butler to the women’s golf championship in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and a bid to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.  The two, who have helped Butler to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, are competing with the Bulldogs at the NCAA Central Regional in Norman, Okla.  The 54-hole tournament wraps up on Saturday.
    
Butler’s 2012-13 Graduating Student-Athletes
J. C. Aikenhead, Men’s Soccer
Ali Arends, Women’s Golf
Becca Bornhorst, Women’s Basketball
Jay Brummel, Football
Chase Byerly, Baseball
Lucas Calderon, Baseball
Rotnei Clarke, Men’s Basketball
Taylor Clarkson, Football
Clare Cornelius, Women’s Golf
Devin Dearing, Softball
Jack Dillon, Baseball
Jenny Esparza, Softball
Brittany Farmer, Women’s Tennis
Alyson Fosnot, Women’s Cross Country/Track
Kelly Grott, Women’s Soccer
Scott Harvey, Football
Jared Isenthal, Men’s Soccer
Emerson Kampen, Men’s Basketball
Joel Leichty, Baseball
Grant Lewis, Football
Kaitlyn Love, Women’s Cross Country/Track
Dustin Mares, Men’s Soccer
Lauren McKillop, Women’s Cross Country/Track
Rachel Melendez, Women’s Soccer
Claire Milam, Women’s Soccer
Tyler Pollock, Men’s Soccer
Julia Porter, Women’s Golf
Matt Proctor, Men’s Cross Country/Track
Colin Reenan, Men’s Golf
Paul Sciortino, Football
Andrew Smith, Men’s Basketball
Chase Stigall, Men’s Basketball
Meaghan Sullivan, Softball
Jace Tennant, Football
David Thomas, Football