May 3, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
When the University of Alabama holds its spring commencement ceremonies in Coleman Coliseum over the weekend, more than 70 Crimson Tide student-athletes are slated to earn their degrees.
At least one member from 19 of Alabama's varsity sports will be among those eligible to take part in the spring commencement.
The Tide will graduate seven athletes that have been a part of two national championships during their UA careers. All-American Courtney Upshaw, Carson Tinker, Damion Square, DeMarcus DuBose, William Ming and Michael Williams were part of two BCS national football championships during their time at Alabama. All-American gymnast Rachel Terry, a two-time recipient of the NCAA Elite 89 Award, was a member of the back-to-back national championship teams during her UA tenure.
The softball team graduates All-Americans Whitney Larsen and Kelsi Dunne and All-Region honoree Cassie Reilly-Boccia, while All-SEC selection Justine Bernier is among the soccer team's graduates.
All-American golfer and NCAA Elite 88 Award winner Brooke Pancake will receive her degree this weekend along with fellow All-Americans Taylor Dugas (baseball), Adam Booher (swimming and diving), and Krystle Schade (track and field).
NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and two-year president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Kyle Weeks (swimming and diving) is also among the graduation participants. The cross country duo of Leigh Gilmore and Nathan Corder, who also earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, is set to graduate this weekend. Corder also earned the NCAA Elite 88 Award during his Tide career.
All-SEC basketball stars Ericka Russell and JaMychal Green are scheduled to graduate this weekend as are rowing co-captains Tabitha Coleman and Kristen Iverson and volleyball captain Stephanie Riley.
Two-time SEC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year Courtney McLane, who earned her undergraduate degree in management in just three years, earned a Master's degree in marketing in her final year of eligibility.
Three commencement ceremonies will be held in Coleman Coliseum over the weekend. The first will be Friday evening at 6:00 p.m., the second on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. and the third Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.