Graduate Program

College Student Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Summer 2022

Thesis Director

Dianne Timm

Thesis Committee Member

Tom Michael

Thesis Committee Member

Ceci Brinker


Using a narrative approach this researcher used a qualitative study to examine the experiences and transitions of former Black student athletes at a Division I institution. The study involved four participants who were three to four years removed from completing college and athletic retirement. Schlossberg’s (1981) transition theory, Astin’s (1999) involvement theory, and Baxter Magolda’s (2008) Self authorship theory was used as the theoretical frameworks for this study. The findings provide insight in to how their experiences as college student athletes impacted their ability to graduate and transition out of college. The participants relied on the support and strategies they learned as athletes to be successful students, and in transitioning to life after college.