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11 Huskers to Earn Degrees at Summer Commencement

Lincoln - A total of 11 current and former Husker student-athletes across all sports will receive their degrees during University of Nebraska-Lincoln Summer Commencement ceremonies at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. 

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Husker track and field All-American and 2022 Big Ten Indoor Long Jump Champion Darby Thomas headlines the group of Nebraska graduates. The three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar earns her bachelor’s degree as an elementary and early childhood education major. She also is eligible to return to competition in 2023-24.
A trio of Nebraska football players, including current wide receiver Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda along with former Huskers Hunter Anthony and Chris Hickman will claim their degrees. 

The Husker men’s and women’s gymnastics program each add two graduates to the group, including Moritz Mueller and Dylan Young from the men’s program that took fifth at the 2023 NCAA Championships, and Sarah Hargrove and Kylie Piringer from the women’s program that earned a trip to 2023 NCAA Regionals.

Maddie Krull, who returns for her second season with the Nebraska women’s basketball team in 2023-24, will earn her bachelor’s degree in child, youth and family studies. The Omaha native has two years of eligibility remaining for the Huskers after completing her bachelor’s degree in three years.

Current minor league pitcher Cam Wynne, who was drafted in the 20th round of the 2021 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, and wrestling’s Landon Brown round out Nebraska’s group of summer graduates.

Overall, the 11 Husker graduates in August came to Nebraska from seven states. Over the last three graduations (December 2022, May 2023, August 2023), a total of 111 Husker student-athletes from 27 states and seven foreign countries have earned their degrees from the University of Nebraska.

Nebraska continues to feature one of the highest graduation rates in the nation, while leading the country in the number of College Sports Communicators NCAA Division I Academic All-Americans (351) and NCAA Today’s Top Ten Award winners (18) across all sports. More than 100 Nebraska student-athletes all time have earned prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.

August 2023 Nebraska Student-Athlete Graduates (11)
Hunter Anthony (Football) - Tuttle, Oklahoma [Applied Science - Master’s]
Landon Brown (Wrestling) - Layton, Utah [Criminology & Criminal Justice]
Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda (Football) - Twentynine Palms, California [Child, Youth & Family Studies]
Sarah Hargrove (Women’s Gymnastics) - Hendersonville, North Carolina [Child, Youth & Family Studies]
Chris Hickman (Football) - Omaha, Nebraska [Child, Youth & Family Studies]
Maddie Krull (Women’s Basketball) - Omaha, Nebraska [Child, Youth & Family Studies]
Moritz Mueller (Men’s Gymnastics) - Frankfurt, Germany [Business Administration]
Kylie Piringer (Women’s Gymnastics) - Ramsey, New Jersey [Nutrition & Health Sciences]
Darby Thomas (Women’s Track & Field) - Council Bluffs, Iowa [Elementary & Early Childhood Education]
Cam Wynne (Baseball) - Lincoln, Nebraska [History]
Dylan Young (Men’s Gymnastics) - Burbank, California [Finance]