May 22, 2003
Waco, Texas - A record 61 Baylor student-athletes received their degrees in spring commencement ceremonies held at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor campus on Saturday, May 17.
The 61 current and former student-athletes have dedicated themselves to both academic and athletic success. Among the list of graduates are former Baylor football standout and current Baltimore Raven cornerback Gary Baxter and former Lady Bear basketball all-American and current San Antonio Silver Spur Danielle Crockrom.
In addition, at the age of 82, Weldon Bigony a former Baylor gridder, completed courses for a degree in business administration after a 62-year hiatus. Bigony left school in 1941 to join the Navy and fight in World War II. He returned to school last fall to finish the 24 class hours remaining for his business degree. On Saturday he became one of the oldest graduates in the school's history.
"We are really pleased that we had a record number of student-athletes graduate this spring. We've never been close to that number at any previous commencement," said Don Riley, Baylor's Director, Student-Athlete Services. "It is especially gratifying when you have former players who are now playing at the professional level come back and finish their degree. They are setting a great example for our student-athletes who are in school and have dreams of playing professionally."
Baylor prides itself on its student-athlete graduation rate. Since the beginning of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor has led the league in student-athlete graduation four of the seven years and was second the other three.
May 2003 Graduates
John Wayne Batke