May 11, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - Despite heavy rains late in the week, the spirits of the 100th graduating class of Rice University could not be dampened, which included 90 student-athletes.
Rice President David Leebron welcomed the graduates' friends and families to a ceremony that turned out to have impeccable weather. Overnight storms had left the morning cool and damp, and in Houston in May, he thanked Reverend T.J. Martinez, who delivered the invocation, for praying for such wonderful conditions.
The day began early for the new student-athlete graduates as they gathered with their coaches and other members of the Rice Athletics Department for the annual Graduation Breakfast in the “R” Room. Afterwards, they joined their colleges for the procession onto the Academic Quad to receive their degrees.
Athletes representing every sport walked across the stage on Saturday morning, including one notable pair of siblings. Former Rice baseball standouts Enrique Cruz and Jose Cruz Jr. each completed their degrees within the past academic year. The brothers were joined by a large family contingent to celebrate the occasion.
The group also included Joyce Pounds Hardy Award winner and outgoing SAAC president Andie Obermeyer (soccer) and Tamir Jackson, who completed his outstanding basketball career as the program’s sixth leading scorer and a placeholder in the top five in the Rice record book for seven other statistical categories.
This year's commencement address was delivered by world-renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Tyson recalled the large role that Rice University has played in the United States’ space program over the last 50 years and urged the new graduating class to carry on the school's great tradition of contributing to the exploration of earth and beyond.
Karakolis Earns C-USA All-Academic Team Honors
05/27/2016 - M. Track - Just one day removed from earning CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 honors, Rice senior javelin thrower Evan Karakolis was named to the C-USA All-Acad...
Five Owls Compete at NCAA West Prelims
05/27/2016 - W. Track - Rice senior thrower Claire Uke will enter Saturday in second place in the women’s hammer throw at the NCAA West Prelims following a throw of ...
Rice Defeats FAU 6-4 Thursday To Stay In C-USA ...
05/26/2016 - Baseball - The Rice baseball team rallied for the game-tying run in the ninth inning, pushed across two scores in the top of the tenth, and then held-off a...
Ip Rallies Late to Earn All-American Status
05/26/2016 - W. Tennis - Katherine Ip stared down elimination and responded with wins in four consecutive games to upset Georgia Tech’s Paige Hourigan in three sets...
Bennett and Warren Fall in NCAA Opener
05/26/2016 - M. Tennis - Rice juniors Tommy Bennett and David Warren started fast but Tennessee's Jack Schipanski and Luis Valero rebounded to advance in the opening round ...
Apolinario Added to Volleyball Coaching Staff
05/26/2016 - W. Volleyball - Rice head volleyball coach Genny Volpe announced on Thursday the hiring of Ariel Apolinario as the newest assistant coach on the Owls staff.
NCAA West Prelims Suspended Due to Inclement...
05/26/2016 - M. Track - Due to inclement weather the men's and women's NCAA West Prelims events scheduled for Thursday have been suspended until Friday.
Karakolis Named to CoSIDA All-Academic Team
05/26/2016 - M. Track - Rice senior thrower Evan Karakolis was named to the CoSIDA All-Academic District 7 team for a third consecutive season, the organization announced ...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store