More than 30 Alabama Student-Athletes Slated for Winter Commencement Saturday
More than 30 Crimson Tide student-athletes are slated to receive their degrees Saturday during The University of Alabama's winter commencement activities. That total includes students from 12 different Alabama teams.
Football leads the way with 16, including three – Alphonse Taylor, Dakota Ball and Brandon Greene – who earned master’s degrees this semester. 2016 Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award and Ted Hendricks Award winner Jonathan Allen, All-American Eddie Jackson, Southeastern Conference Championship Game Most Valuable Player and Butkus Award winner Reuben Foster, Blaine Anderson, Anthony Averett, David Cornwell, Raheem Falkins, Truett Harris, Jake Long, Cole Mazza, Brandon Moore and Joshua Palet also are slated to earn bachelor’s degrees.
The final member of the Alabama football family earning his bachelor’s degree this semester is Crimson Tide legend Marty Lyons. The First Team All-American was part of Alabama’s famous Goal Line Stand against Penn State in the 1979 Sugar Bowl.
Seven members of the track and field/cross country program are set to receive degrees, including All-Americans Ahmed Ali and Andrew Harris along with Josh McCullan and Kevin Shannon from the men’s squad and All-SEC honoree Meropi Panagiotou as well as Allison Gregg and Anna Reed from the women’s team.
Soccer expects three graduates this semester: Caroline Alexander, Auburn Mercer and Kaylee Semelsberger. Others graduating include All-Americans Brett Walsh (men’s swimming and diving) and Janie Jackson (women’s golf) along with All-SEC honorees Becker O’Shaughnessy (men’s tennis) and Ashley Williams (women’s basketball), All-Region Andrea Hawkins (softball) along with Nyia Owen (rowing), Mattie Weldy (volleyball) and Leah Bird (women’s swimming and diving).