Photos Of Graduating Student-Athletes Fulfill D-III Philosophy

Softball's Angelia Miller (left) and basketball's Jess Rheinheimer (right) developed a close relationship even though they played different sports and studied different majors. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Softball's Angelia Miller (left) and basketball's Jess Rheinheimer (right) developed a close relationship even though they played different sports and studied different majors. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Royals’ fans can expect some colorful additions around the athletic department offices.

Eastern Mennonite University’s graduating student-athletes were photographed wearing both their Eastern Mennonite sport jersey as well as their graduating gown. The images will be displayed around the athletic suite and main hallway of University Commons, re-enforcing the roles of both the student and the athlete.

“I have been looking for ways that we can truly celebrate and honor the student-athlete,” explained Director of Athletics Dave King.  “The ‘athlete’ portion is visible on the court or field and in the press.  But the ‘student’ portion often goes unnoticed.  These photos are the tangible reality of our goal to see student-athletes receive their diploma.  It is the standard we set for our athletes and having incoming freshmen see these examples will hopefully inspire them to put in the time and energy needed to achieve this goal for themselves.”

Click here to view a gallery of select images of EMU’s graduating student-athletes.

Official EMU Athletics photographer Scott Eyre took all of the images. Similar to the student-athletes, Eyre is also celebrating multiple roles as a 2016 EMU graduate as well as an employee with the Student Life Division and former assistant softball coach.

Click here to view or purchase from the full gallery of images of EMU’s graduating student-athletes.