Tide Athletes Take Part In Graduation
Nico Johnson
Nico Johnson

Posted May 3, 2013


More than 70 Crimson Tide student-athletes are slated to earn their degrees when the University of Alabama holds its spring commencement ceremonies in Coleman Coliseum this weekend.



At least one member from all 15 Alabama teams will be part of the ceremonies this weekend, including 27 student-athletes that was a part of seven Crimson Tide national championship titles (three football, two gymnastics, women’s golf and softball) over the last four years.

The football team, winners of three of the last four national titles, will have 16 more graduates this weekend, including Cade Foster, Nico Johnson, Harrison Jones, William Ming, Wes Neighbors, Tana Patrick, Anthony Steen, Ed Stinson, Hunter Bush, Gilbert Cook, Rowdy Harrell, Kelly Johnson, Aaron Joiner, Parker Philpot, Russell Raines and Jeremy Shelley.

Four members of the gymnastics team’s 2011 and 2012 NCAA championships teams, Scholastic All-American Becca Alexin and All-Americans and Scholastic All-Americans Marissa Gutierrez, Ashley Priess and Ashley Sledge have also earned their degrees.

The defending national champion softball team will have five graduates, including All-Americans Kayla Braud and Jennifer Fenton. They will be joined by Keima Davis, Olivia Gibson and Jazlyn Lunceford. The defending national champion women’s golf team will be represented by two-time All-American Jennifer Kirby and Courtney McKim.

Men’s golfer Scott Strohmeyer, a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, will join men’s swimming and diving team captains and SEC Academic Honor Roll members Jake Reynolds and John Ellis as well as women’s swimming and diving captain and school record holder Jenna Gallo in the weekend festivities.

Two-time All-SEC volleyball player Kayla Fitterer joins 2013 ITA Doubles All-American and three-time All-SEC selection Alexa Guarachi from women’s tennis on the stage. Rowing team captain Tabitha Coleman will be earning her second degree this weekend and will be joined by teammates Kiffy Balchon and Jessica Parker.

Four-year starters Ashley Willis and Josie Rix highlight the women’s soccer graduates while school record holder and All-American pole vaulter Alexis Paine will receive her degree as well.

The University of Alabama will hold three graduation ceremonies over the weekend with the first starting on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. The Saturday ceremonies will begin at 9 a.m., and at 1:30 p.m.

Alabama’s 2013 Spring Graduates

Student Athlete, Sport

Kent Jones, Baseball

Brett Booth, Baseball

Clay Jones, Baseball

Brandon May, Baseball

Kenny Roberts, Baseball

Taylor Wolfe, Baseball

Allen Dye, Baseball

Hunter Gregory, Baseball

Moussa Gueye, Men’s Basketball

Khristin Lee, Women’s Basketball

Austin Duckworth, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Carison Kemei, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Moses Kiptoo, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Jourdan Battiste, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Joel Lynch, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Terrell Mickens, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Wilamena Hopkins, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Megan Williams, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Alexis Paine, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Postenea Louisjeune, Track & Field/ Cross Country

Cade Foster, Football

Nico Johnson, Football

Harrison Jones, Football

William Ming, Football

Wes Neighbors, Football

Tana Patrick, Football

Anthony Steen, Football

Ed Stinson, Football

Hunter Bush, Football

Gilbert Cook, Football

Rowdy Harrell, Football

Kelly Johnson, Football

Aaron Joiner, Football

Parker Philpot, Football

Russell Raines, Football

Jeremy Shelley, Football

Lee Knox, Men’s Golf

Scott Strohmeyer, Men’s Golf

Courtney McKim, Women’s Golf

Jennifer Kirby, Women’s Golf

Becca Alexin, Gymnastics

Ricki Lebegern, Gymnastics

Marissa Gutierrez, Gymnastics

Ashley Priess, Gymnastics

Ashley Sledge, Gymnastics

John Ellis, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Peter Hillyer, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Brandon Lowe, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Jake Reynolds, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Reese Shirey, Men’s Swimming & Diving

Harris Barnard, Men’s Tennis

Michael Thompson, Men’s Tennis

Kiffy Balchon, Rowing

Tabitha Coleman, Rowing

Jessica Parker, Rowing

Kayla Braud, Softball

Keima Davis, Softball

Jennifer Fenton, Softball

Olivia Gibson, Softball

Jazlyn Lunceford, Softball

Kylee Brown, Women’s Soccer

Meghan Duffy, Women’s Soccer

Courtney Pixler, Women’s Soccer

Josie Rix, Women’s Soccer

Lindsey Sillers, Women’s Soccer

Ashley Willis, Women’s Soccer

Katie Woolbright, Women’s Soccer

Jenna Gallo, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Hillary Hahmann, Women’s Swimming & Diving

Alexa Guarachi, Women’s Tennis

Cristina Arenas, Women’s Volleyball

Kayla Fitterer, Women’s Volleyball


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