Dec. 11, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A total of 31 Crimson Tide student-athletes are slated to earn their degrees during The University of Alabama’s commencement weekend.
Among those earning their degree this semester are 23 members of the Tide’s 2015 SEC Championship football squad including Kenyan Drake, Reggie Ragland, Cyrus Jones, Jarran Reed, Alphonse Taylor and Dominick Jackson. The Tide’s quarterback/center tandem of Jake Coker and Ryan Kelly are both graduating with their master’s degrees this semester. Issac Luatua also earned his master’s degree this fall.
Other football graduates include Ryan Anderson, Dakota Ball, Parker Barrineau, Denzel Devall, TY Flournoy-Smith, Brandon Greene, Bernel Jones, Korren Kirven, Darren Lake, Dillon Lee, Alec Morris, Michael Nysewander, Geno Matias-Smith and Dalvin Tomlinson.
All told, there will be 29 Alabama players suiting up for the upcoming Cotton Bowl who have already earned their degrees before stepping on the field, the most during the Saban era of Crimson Tide football.
NCAA discus champion Hayden Reed (track and field) along with Academic All-Americans Emily Zabor (women’s tennis) and Merel van Dongen (soccer) earned their degrees during the fall semester. In addition to being an Academic All-American, Zabor also earned back-to-back NCAA Elite 89 Awards as the student-athlete at the final site of an NCAA Championship with the highest cumulative grade point average. Reed, in his third competitive season, will begin work on his second degree during the spring semester.
Others slated to graduate following the fall semester are Leslie Jury (softball), Andrew Goodwin (men’s tennis), Laura Steiner (volleyball) and Kyri Tabor (track and field). Former baseball player Paul Phillips also earned his degree this semester following a career in Major League Baseball.
There will be two graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 12 in Coleman Coliseum. Students from the Culverhouse College of Commerce, College of Communication & Information Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Social Work will participate in the 9 a.m. CT ceremony, while students from the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, College of Human Environmental Sciences, and Capstone College of Nursing will participate in the afternoon ceremony at 1:30 p.m. CT.