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Missing UConn Graduation, Storm Honor Nika Muhl with 1-of-1 ‘Class of ’24’ Ceremony

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Missing UConn Graduation, Storm Honor Nika Muhl with 1-of-1 ‘Class of ’24’ Ceremony

Last week, the University of Connecticut bid adieu to four of their stars who played a critical role in their run to the Final Four in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament. The Huskies’ Paige Bueckers, Aaliyah Edwards, Azzi Fudd, and Nika Muhl completed their graduation this year and were supposed to attend the University’s graduation ceremony last week to celebrate it. While Bueckers, Edwards, and Fudd were front and center at the ceremony, Muhl was nowhere to be seen.

The Serbian point guard, whom the Seattle Storm picked 14th overall in the 2024 WNBA draft, did not travel to Connecticut to receive her diploma. Instead, she had to stay with her new team to continue preparing for the upcoming season. Since Muhl couldn’t travel to the graduation ceremony in Connecticut, the Storm brought it to her in Seattle.

Muhl’s teammates surprised the point guard at the Storm’s training facility and paid homage to her time with the program. The 23-year-old was told to wear her graduation gown for taking some pictures, before she was ushered to the surprise ceremony. Muhl was astonished and visibly emotional as she received her diploma in psychological sciences in front of her Storm teammates.

Storm Head Coach Noelle Quinn presented her with the honors. An emotional Muhl struggled to find the words at first before expressing gratitude to her franchise for the surprise ceremony. She said,

“This was not how I imagined my morning to go… I’m very glad and thankful that I got to be a part of this team and that I am a part of this team. There’s no other place I’d rather be at, with people like you guys.”

The Storm’s touching gesture was a fitting tribute to Muhl’s excellent stint with the Huskies. Fans on social media lauded the franchise for throwing their young star a private graduation ceremony. A couple of them had no qualms in admitting that the video made them misty-eyed.

Few fans were amused by Muhl’s F-bomb at the end of the clip.

Nika Muhl will now turn her attention to helping the Seattle Storm turn the tide of the franchise. They finished with an embarrassing 11-29 record in the 2023-24 season and will hope their new point guard helps them to a better record next year.

Post Edited By:Satagni Sikder

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Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar


Jay Lokegaonkar is a basketball journalist who has been following the sports as a fan 2005. He has worked in a slew of roles covering the NBA, including writer, editor, content manager, social media manager, and head of content since 2018. However, his primary passion is writing about the NBA. Especially throwback stories about the league's iconic players and franchises. Revisiting incredible tales and bringing scarcely believable stories to readers are one his main interests as a writer.

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