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Ole Miss student-athletes celebrate graduation

Ole Miss student-athletes celebrate graduation

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.

Football

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)

Men’s Basketball

Three members of the Ole Miss Men’s Basketball team graduated Saturday:

Jarvis Summers
Ladarius White
Aaron Jones

Baseball

Six Ole Miss baseball players graduated Saturday—and then headed to Swayze to prepare for the final game in the series against Mississippi State:

Austin Knight
Scott Weathersby
Christian Trent
Sam Smith
Sikes Orvis
Scott Ashford

Women’s Basketball

Gracie Frizzell
Tia Faleru
Amber Singletary
Danielle McCray

Volleyball

Rachael Weathersby
Cara Fisher
Mapie Bakima

Soccer

Kelly McCormick
Georgia Russell
Jennifer Miller

Softball

Lauren Lindsey
Jamie Morgan
Allison Brown
Marina Parra

 

Men’s Track

Darryl Brown
James T. Harrison
Jonathan Redding
Malcolm Davis
Phillip Young

Two-time NCAA pole vault champion Sam Kendricks also graduated.

Women’s Track

Jhorden Hunter
Kierra White
Shannon Spence
Shari Russell

Men’s Golf

Joe Lewis
Blake Morris

Women’s Golf

Taelor Rubin

Tennis

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.

Women’s Tennis

Julia Jones
Erin Stephens
Iris Verboven

Men’s Tennis

Nik Scholtz
Johan Backstrom

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.)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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