Highlighting this term's graduates are All-MEAC performers Jasmin Donaldson, Shelley Anthony and Leon Hunt. Donaldson, was an All-MEAC centerfielder for the Lady Rattler softball team, who was a member of the 2009 MEAC Champion Lady Rattler softball team. Anthony, was an All-MEAC and All-Americn center for the Rattler football team. He was a member of the 2010 MEAC co-championship team. Hunt, was an All-MEAC long jumper for the Rattler track team. He won the long jump in both the indoor and outdoor seasons for the Rattlers in 2010-2011. Hunt was a finalist for the olympic team for his native Virgin Islands.
FAMU director of athletics, Derek Horne, was pleased with the successful academic accomplishments of the FAMU student-athletes. "We expect that the athletes we bring in understand that they are here for a degree first and to be involved in athletics second. Our goal is not only to produce successful teams on the field of play, but successful individuals once their playing days are over. With 64 unique success stories this academic year, we could not be more proud that we are providing a nurturing environment for our student-athletes to complete their degrees," Horne said.
The commencement ceremony was held at the plush Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center and Teaching Gymnasium. Interim president Dr. Larry Robinson presided over the graduation ceremony, while Jacob Chapel Baptist Church pastor, the Rev. O. Jermaine Simmons, delivered the commencement address.
Simmons challenged the graduating class with the them "Now What?" "After you've completed this segment of your life, now what? It's up to you to go back and help somebody else," Simmons said. he also warned the graduated to guard their social media. "When you apply for a job, your employer knows you before he ever meets you, by checking your Twitter feed and Facebook timeline," he added.
Robinson riled up the crowd with a resounding rendition of the Rattler charge to close out graduation.
The Rattler football team produced five graduates: Saf Ahmad (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Shelley Anthony (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Joshua Newkirk (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice/Psychology), Marquiste Ramos (Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice) and Franklin Carter (Bachelor's Degree in History).
Six sports produced one graduate each: Jasmin Donaldson (Softball: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Jeanette Hulse (Women's track: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Christian Rateree (Women's basketball: Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice), Shepherd Archie III (Golf: Bachelor's Degree in Biology), Chelsea Pennick (Volleyball: Bachelor's Degree in Health Science) and Leon Hunt (Men's track: Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration).