Aug. 2, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Senior Levi Randolph received his diploma from the University of Alabama on Saturday, earning his degree in just three years.
Randolph, a two-time Capitol One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District honoree, received his degree in business marketing during Saturday morning's commencement ceremony. He will begin work towards his masters in marketing in the fall.
"It feels really good to get my college degree, especially the fact I was able to accomplish it in three years," Randolph said. "Going into my senior season, I now have that pressure of graduation off my shoulders. I will be attending grad school, which is something that I am looking forward to. It's a great honor to be able to graduate and earn my degree, which is something that I will be forever grateful.
"In a way, it's a relief to graduate, especially considering I stayed on track throughout my career to accomplish this," Randolph continued. "Going into the season, I will still have school, but knowing that I have graduated and earned a degree will be less pressure in some sense because I have already reached one of my goals."
Randolph enjoyed the ceremony with his family and some teammates in attendance. Randolph is the oldest of four boys in his family and he says that setting an example is something that has been a motivation for him to do well in school.
"I have a brother who will be a freshman at Alabama A&M where he will play football beginning this year," Randolph said. "I think for him to see me graduate while playing sports will motivate him to do the same thing. My other brother, who is starting his sophomore year in high school, will see the importance of academics."
As for any advice he would give to his younger siblings or his teammates, the answer is simple.
"I would tell them to manage their time and stay on top of things as far as assignments, whether that is classwork, workouts, practice - just take it one step at a time," Randolph said. "It's hard not to get overwhelmed by the big picture, but the saying goes, in order to eat an elephant, you have to go one bite at a time. I always say to take one step at a time to accomplish the overall goal."
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