50 Alabama Student-Athletes Slated for Winter Commencement Saturday
A total of 50 Crimson Tide student-athletes are slated to receive their degrees Saturday during The University of Alabama's winter commencement. That total includes 12 All-Americans, two NCAA Champions, two world champions and an Olympic gold medalist.
The Alabama football team has 19 past and present student-athletes slated to graduate this weekend, including All-Americans Rashaan Evans and JK Scott along with fellow starters Robert Foster, Hootie Jones, Christian Miller, Andy Pappanastos and Cam Sims. Pappanastos is earning his master’s degree, while Keith Holcombe, who also plays for the Tide baseball team, is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree.
There are three former Tide football players slated to get their degrees, including Glen Coffee and Tarrant Lynch as well as All-American and Butkus Award winner Rolando McClain. Coffee and McClain both played in the NFL following their Alabama careers.
All together there will be 25 graduates on Alabama’s 2018 Sugar Bowl roster, including 12 that graduated prior to the start of the season and 13 graduating this weekend.
The track and field program has a pair of World Champions among their December graduates. World and Olympic gold medalist and Crimson Tide NCAA champion and All-American Kirani James will receive his diploma on Saturday while World Champion and UA All-American Jereem Richards will also be among the graduates.
Also among the track and field and cross country family, All-American and 2017 NCAA Indoor Pole Vault Champion Lakan Taylor and All-American Jacopo Lahbi will graduate this weekend, while All-American and SEC champion Emmanuel Bor and All-American Katelyn Greenleaf both earn master’s degrees this semester.
Gymnasts Aja Sims and Kiana Winston and swimmers Bridget Blood round out the Crimson Tide All-Americans set for December graduation. Winston is in the midst of her senior season and will compete her final season as a UA graduate, while Sims and Blood finished their careers last season.
Saturday’s graduation will also see a pair basketball starters among the honorees in men’s guard/forward Riley Norris and women’s guard Hannah Cook.
2017 University of Alabama Athletics December Graduates
Hunter Alexander, Baseball
Bryan Arthur, Men's Track and Field
Caroline Barlow, Women's Track and Field/Cross Country
Vanessa Barone, Rowing
Bridget Blood, Women's Swimming and Diving
Emmanuel Bor, Men's Track and Field/Cross Country
Hailey Brohaugh, Soccer
Joshua Casher, Football
Lacey Clarida, Soccer
Ronnie Clark, Football
Glen Coffee, Football
Hannah Cook, Women's Basketball
Danielle Davis, Rowing
Rashaan Evans, Football
Robert Foster, Football
Joshua Frazier, Football
Katelyn Greenleaf, Women's Track and Field/Cross Country
Abbee Hall, Rowing
Meghan Hampton, Rowing
Jeremy Harden, Men's Track and Field
Grant Hill, Football
Keith Holcombe, Football/Baseball
Kirani James, Men's Track and Field
Hootie Jones, Football
Brandon Kennedy, Football
Ritchie Kruunenberg, Men's Tennis
Jacopo Lahbi, Men's Track and Field
Tarrant Lynch, Football
Rolando McClain, Football
Joshua McCullan, Men's Track and Field
Christian Miller, Football
Nicole Morales, Women's Golf
Riley Norris, Men's Basketball
Andy Pappanastos, Football
Jacob Parker, Football
Jared Reaves, Baseball
Jereem Richards, Men's Track and Field
DaiJia Ruffin, Women's Basketball
Joanna Savva, Women's Tennis
JK Scott, Football
Cam Sims, Football
Aja Sims, Gymnastics
Brianna Sims, Women's Track and Field
Daniel Skehan, Football
Nate Staskelunas, Football
Karolina Szczepaniak, Women's Swimming and Diving
Lakan Taylor, Women's Track and Field
J.C. Wilhite, Baseball
Kiana Winston, Gymnastics
Taylor Zablocki, Women's Swimming and Diving