On Tuesday, Arizona State announced that 24 students-athletes, from 13 different sports will get their undergraduate degrees this week as part of the school's fall commencement ceremonies. Included are a handful who are graduating with honors and a few who returned to school to finish their degrees after leaving the university previously.
Of all the graduates, the most prominent is former Major League Baseball player Chris Bando, who returned to the school to get his degree in Liberal Studies. Bando played at Arizona State from 1975-1978, before getting drafted by the Cleveland Indians and leaving Tempe. He played professional baseball until his retirement in 1989.
Beyond Bando, there are also four other former athletes who returned to the school to receive their degrees and five athletes overall who graduated with honors.Two were Summa Cum Laude (3.80 to 4.00 GPA), one Magna Cum Laude (3.60 to 3.79 GPA) and two Cum Laude (3.40 to 3.59 GPA).
Of the prominent current athletes, there are five players from this year's 7-5 Arizona State football team who'll be graduating as well.
That includes running back James Morrison, who finished the 2012 season with 15 carries for 57 yards.