MARQUETTE, Mich. – United States Olympic Education Center weightlifting athletes will receive their diplomas this Saturday, May 4, during Northern Michigan University’s commencement ceremony.
Chris Lenahen of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., will be receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology. He has been accepted to Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine where he plans to specialize in small animal care.
Also moving on to receive a higher degree is Max Cretcher of Rochester Hills, Mich. Cretcher, who is earning a bachelor’s degree in physics, will be attending Michigan State University Medical School. Cretcher received a scholarship from the United States Air Force and was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Other current resident athletes receiving degrees are, Jeff Everson, Cedar, Mich., Master of Science in exercise science and Marc Spurlock, Phoenix, Ill., bachelor’s degree in sports science. Spurlock plans to stay in Marquette to continue his training and hopes to pursue a master’s degree at NMU in the near future.
Former resident athlete Robin Feuerman of Longwood, Florida, has been chosen as the student commencement speaker. Feuerman, who was in the program for four years, is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social work and will be teaching elementary special education through Teach for America in Orangeburg, S.C., in the fall.
Retired lifter Steve Jarvis of Niagara, Wis., is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
“I am proud of our graduates,” said coach Vance Newgard. “They have all worked hard in the gym and in the classroom. They have been assets to the team and have strong futures ahead of them.”