Former Gonzaga star Ronny Turiaf is set to go through commencement ceremonies on Sunday to receive his degree in sport management, which he finished during his NBA career.
Turiaf, who was WCC player of the year as a senior in 2005, nearly had his pro career derailed before it started when he discovered he needed heart surgery. During his recovery, he worked as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, and now, he's finished with classes.
"Our goal is to have all of our student-athletes graduate, but sometimes situations arise where academic goals get put on hold," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said in a statement. "It is a special feeling when former student-athletes show the drive and dedication to finish what they have started in the classroom. People like Ronny are great role models to prove you can reach your academic goals you may not have achieved in your initial tenure at Gonzaga."