Saturday, May 18, 2013

Past and present Jayhawk athletes set to graduate Sunday


Former Kansas University basketball guard Billy Thomas is one of 63 KU athletes who will take part in graduation ceremonies on Sunday in Memorial Stadium.

Thomas, who played at KU from 1995-98, will receive his degree in African and African American studies. Also, former KU center Cole Aldrich of the Sacramento Kings will graduate. Thomas, who had a long professional basketball career, has coached boys basketball at Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., the past two years.

Draft picks Whitney Berry (soccer, FC Kansas City), Maggie Hull (softball, Chicago Bandits) and Angel Goodrich (women’s basketball, Tulsa Shock) will also be on hand. Joining Goodrich from the KU women’s basketball team will be fellow 1,000-point scorers Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman.

Kansas men’s golfer Chris Gilbert, who is currently participating in an NCAA regional, will also receive his diploma on Sunday, while KU’s No. 1 starting pitcher Thomas Taylor will also earn his degree as the Jayhawks play a three-game nonconference series at Utah.

Second-team All-Big 12 honoree Bradley McDougald from the KU football team will also participate in the ceremony, along with four-time Big 12 Conference long jump champion Francine Simpson.

A complete list of graduating KU student-athletes:

Baseball - Jordan Dreiling, Thomas Taylor

Men’s Basketball - Cole Aldrich, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Jeff Withey, Kevin Young

Women’s Basketball - Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich, Monica Engelman

Football - Tunde Bakare, DJ Beshears, Justin Carnes, Randall Dent, Gavin Howard, Prinz Kande, Dexter Linton, Christian Matthews, Bradley McDougald, Chris Omigie, Toben Opurum, Tyler Patmon, Nick Sizemore, Huldon Tharp, Kevin Young

Men’s Golf - Chris Gilbert, Alex Gutesha, Paul Harris

Rowing - Danielle Adam, Molly Boehner, Olivia Catloth, Katy MacCormack, Amber Malone, Paige Stephens

Softball - Morgan Druhan, Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull

Soccer - Whitney Berry, Nicole Chrisopulos, Amy Grow, Kat Liebetrau, Sarah Robbins

Swimming & Diving - Brooke Brull, Svetlana Golovhun, Danielle Herrmann, Iulia Kuzhil, Alyssa Potter, Brittany Potter, Cora Powers, Erin Savas, Madison Wagner

Tennis - Vika Khanevskaya

Men’s Track & Field - Isaac Bradshaw, Kevin Hays, Kaman Schneider

Women’s Track & Field - Tessa Cole-Turcotte, Sara Hedberg, Kathryn Lupton, Rebecca Neville, Francine Simpson, Kathleen Thompson

Volleyball - Morgan Boub


Ashwin Rao 7 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations to all! Thanks for contributing so much during your time @ KU. All the best moving forward!

Jeremy Bolinger 7 years, 9 months ago

I should've been included on this list. Thanks ljworld.

Pat Bell 7 years, 9 months ago

Congrats to all those graduating. You mentioned Billy Thomas in the article but forgot to list him with the basketball players in the complete list.

texashawk10 7 years, 9 months ago

They didn't forget him, the list is of current student athletes, not those who moved on in previous years and are just now completing their degrees.

Al Martin 7 years, 9 months ago

Then I suppose Cole Aldrich shouldn't have been in that list. Not that it's a big deal.

JayDoc91 7 years, 9 months ago

Men's basketball- Christian Moody graduating from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Chris Bailey 7 years, 9 months ago

Good for him! Pretty cool to see an former Basketball player get a prof. degree. On a side note I hear Tyrell Reed is finishing up in PT I think he will graduate next year.

kay_you 7 years, 9 months ago

Very impressive. Congratulations to all.

Danny Hernandez 7 years, 9 months ago

Congratulations, a job well done.....Your diploma is something no one can ever take from you. You've earned the praise for achieving a goal some only dream of

Christopher Johnson 7 years, 9 months ago

Why was Christian Moody left off this list? He's going to be a doctor, for crying out loud. How many of our athletes have accomplished that? What disrespect! Journalist FAIL.

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