Alabama Student-Athletes Receive Degrees during Commencement Weekend

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM The football team leads the way with 20 past and present players earning their degrees.
The football team leads the way with 20 past and present players earning their degrees.

Aug. 5, 2011

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - When the University of Alabama holds its spring and summer commencement ceremonies Saturday in Coleman Coliseum, more than 80 Crimson Tide student-athletes will be honored for earning their degrees.

"We are so proud of our graduates," UA Director of Athletics Mal Moore said. "They are to be commended for all the hard work they have put into balancing academics and athletics throughout their careers."

At least one member of each of Alabama's 21 varsity sports figure among the 87 student-athletes who are eligible to take part in commencement that includes graduates from both the spring semester, which finished in May, and the recently concluded summer semester. The spring commencement ceremony was postponed after the April 27 tornado that affected Tuscaloosa, but did not damage campus.

The football team leads the way with 20 past and present players earning their degrees, including the Preseason All-Southeastern Conference trio of Josh Chapman, Barrett Jones and William Vlachos, all of which are returning starters heading into this season. Jones earned first team Academic All-American honors last year as well as a spot on the All-SEC team. In addition to those three, five more football players are set to suit up this season having already earned their undergraduate degrees.

Also among those graduating this weekend are All-Americans Catalin Cosma (swimming and diving), Aaron Fleshner (swimming and diving), Kate Shannon Gray (swimming and diving), Ricki Lebegern (gymnastics) and Kim Laing (women's track and field). Fleshner, Lebegern and Laing also won individual SEC titles during their Tide tenures. Fleshner competed for Team USA at the 2011 FINA World Diving Championships in Shanghai, China in July.

Meghan Austin (women's track and field), Tierney Jenkins (women's basketball), Courtney McLane (women's tennis) and Alyssa Meuth (volleyball), all of whom earned All-SEC honors during their UA careers, are also graduating this weekend. McLane, a second-team Academic All-American last season, earned her undergraduate degree in three years and will play her final season as a graduate student.

Alabama's 2011 Spring/Summer Graduates

Student-Athlete Sport
Jessica Allaway Rowing
Meghan Austin Women's Track & Field
Alan Axford Men's Swimming & Diving
Brooke Baldi Women's Swimming & Diving
Luke Boutwell Men's Swimming & Diving
Justin Brady Men's Track & Field
Hannah Brinks Women's Swimming & Diving
Hunter Bronson Men's Golf
Hardie Buck Football
Edwin Bullard Football
Britney Busch Women's Swimming & Diving
Josh Chapman Football
Alyssa Chapman Gymnastics
Chelsea Collins Rowing
Catalin Cosma Men's Swimming & Diving
Olivia Covey Women's Swimming & Diving
Cassie Craddock Women's Swimming & Diving
Charvez Davis Men's Basketball
Michael DeJohn Football
Catherine Dozier Softball
Austin Duckworth Men's Track & Field
James Edwards Men's Swimming & Diving
Meritt Emery Women's Tennis
Katrice Ewanich Women's Swimming & Diving
Robert Ezell Football
Drew Finelli Men's Swimming & Diving
Aaron Fleshner Men's Swimming & Diving
Shaun Gaiser Men's Track & Field
Colin Gallagher Football
Demetrius Goode Football
Terry Grant Football
Kate Shannon Gray Women's Swimming & Diving
Katelyn Halicks Rowing
Katie Hancock Women's Basketball
Jordan Harper Men's Track & Field
Courtney Harter Women's Golf
Meghan Hawkins Women's Track & Field
Charles Hester Football
Senario Hillman Men's Basketball
Chris Hines Men's Basketball
Amelia Houghton Rowing
Michael Hughes Men's Track & Field
Tierney Jenkins Women's Basketball
Phelon Jones Football
Barrett Jones Football
Jon Kelton Baseball
J.B. Kern Football
Nathan Kilcrease Baseball
Kelly King Soccer
LaToya King Women's Basketball
Charles Kirschman Football
Alissa Kranz Rowing
Kim Laing Women's Track & Field
Ricki Lebegern Gymnastics
Kelsie Ludolph Women's Swimming & Diving
Samantha Lugar Women's Swimming & Diving
Justin Luquire Men's Basketball
Megan Mashburn Gymnastics
David May Men's Track & Field
Alfred McCullough Football
Courtney McLane Women's Tennis
Alyssa Meuth Volleyball
Maegan Miller Women's Track & Field
Jenna Montgomery Women's Swimming & Diving
Haley Moody Women's Track & Field
Carly Mygrants Soccer
Michael Niezgoda Men's Track & Field
Morgan Ogilvie Football
Talaya Owens Women's Track & Field
Kyle Pennington Football
Taylor Pharr Football
Varisia Raffington Women's Basketball
Devon Romero Men's Track & Field
Ericka Russell Women's Basketball
Josh Sanders Baseball
Laura Skaggs Rowing
Hunter Slatton Men's Golf
Jonathan Smart Baseball
Jessica Smith Softball
Kiara Thompson Women's Track & Field
James Tullidge Baseball
Chris Underwood Football
William Vlachos Football
Trey Walston Men's Tennis
Phillip Weaver Men's Golf
Tiffany Welcher Women's Tennis
Jasmine Williams Women's Basketball

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