Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

A Graduation Story – Fulfilling A Family’s First

Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

Midfielder Nick Cukar scored 25 goals in his career as a Spartan. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Thousands graduated from college at the San Jose State University May 28 Commencement, and it was an extra special moment for Nick Cukar.

For Nick, earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is fulfilling on many levels as he is the first in his family to graduate from college.

“It means everything,” said the veteran San Jose State soccer midfielder. “Everything I worked for, coming in my freshman year and not expecting anything, came together. I’m the first person in my family to graduate. It’s a big deal.”

“My dad (Tony) went to trade school and my mom (Lysette) got an AA.”

“I think they’re pretty excited. They’ve been pushing this since the beginning of fall. ‘You’re graduating, you’re graduating.’ This is a big first step and they’re pretty happy.”

A three-time Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree, Nick wants to use his degree to continue a path in sports and work with a professional sports organization in the areas of management or marketing.

“I’m looking in the sports management side possibly with the (San Jose) Sharks,” said Nick when asked about his future plans. “I did an internship at the SAP Open (professional men’s tennis).”

Nick, who started in every soccer match of his career at San Jose State University, will take advantage of every experience both on and off the soccer field in getting his first job.

“I’m going to use every resource I can. I’m going to reach out to everybody I can.”