Watched by thousands of fans each season as they compete for the Rebels, Ole Miss student-athletes are accustomed to being in the spotlight. However, many of these beloved players are being cheered on today by friends and family as they take a very special walk—the walk across the stage to receive their diplomas from the University of Mississippi.
Before ceremonies began, the athletes enjoyed a breakfast at the Academic Student Success Center with families and coaches. They then made their way to the Tad Smith Coliseum for the graduation ceremony, before departing for the ceremonies for their respective academic colleges.
The following Ole Miss football players participated in graduation ceremonies Saturday (with the completion date of their academic studies in parentheses):
Ben Aigamaua (May – Master’s) – Graduate assistant
Billy Busch (May, 2015)
Cliff Coleman (May, 2015)
Andrew Fletcher (May, 2015)
Woodrow Hamilton (May, 2015)
LaKedrick King (May, 2015)
Collins Moore (May, 2015)
Charlie Scott (May, 2015)
Deterrian Shackelford (May – Master’s)
CJ Johnson (August, 2015)
Aaron Morris (August, 2015)
Justin Bell (Dec. 2014)
Lavon Hooks (Dec. 2014)
Carlton Martin (Dec. 2014)
Nick Parker (Dec. 2014)
John Ratliff (Dec. 2014)
Vince Sanders (Dec. 2014)
Three former players also received their degrees Saturday:
Patrick Junen (May, 2015)
Terrence Metcalf (May, 2015)
Cordera Eason (August, 2015)
Three members of the Ole Miss Men’s Basketball team graduated Saturday:
Six Ole Miss baseball players graduated Saturday—and then headed to Swayze to prepare for the final game in the series against Mississippi State:
James T. Harrison
Two-time NCAA pole vault champion Sam Kendricks also graduated.
Five Ole Miss tennis athletes will graduate. The university will have a special graduation ceremony on Monday, May 11, for those players who are currently competing in the NCAA Championships this weekend.
Congratulations to all these Ole Miss Rebels who have represented their university so well, both on and off the court. Good luck in all your future endeavors and know your Rebel family is proud of you. Hotty Toddy!
(Photos and featured graphic courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics.)