OXFORD, Miss. – For 62 Ole Miss student-athletes, Saturday will be a special day and the beginning of the next chapter in their lives, as they graduate from the University of Mississippi.
A special ceremony for those student-athletes who will be competing during Saturday’s commencement will be held May 13 at 4 p.m. at the FedEx Academic Success Center.
Football leads the way with 25 players graduating, including 13 players returning for the 2013 campaign. Among those are returning starters Pierce Burton, Emmanuel McCray, Charles Sawyer and Evan Swindall and two-time All-SEC punter Tyler Campbell.
Track and field, currently competing at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo., will have 12 graduates. Among them are Olympian and SEC Champion Isiah Young, Kathie Breathitt, who placed fifth at the SEC Championships last year in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, and Neal Tisher, who was a finalist for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Murphy Holloway and Nick Williams, who helped lead the men’s basketball team to the SEC Tournament Championship and the NCAA Tournament, will receive their degrees. Men’s tennis All-American Jonas Lutjen and SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year finalist Adrian Forberg Skogeng will graduate this weekend while also trying to help the No. 6 seeded Rebels advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The Rebels face Lehigh in the first round Friday at 3 p.m.
Baseball and volleyball will each have four graduates. Among the baseball players earning their degree is Ole Miss’ all-time saves leader Brett Huber.
Right side hitter Allegra Wells and Whitney Craven finished in the top 10 in several categories for the Rebels on the court, while setter Amanda Philpot finished second in school history in assists.
Softball boasts three graduates including Brittany Broome, the Ole Miss career record-holder and single-season stolen bases leader. Soccer also has three players graduating led by two-time All-SEC honoree Alex Hildal.
Ole Miss Hall of Fame inductee Maggie McFerrin is joined by Courtney Marbra as members of the women’s basketball team graduating.
Rifle, men’s golf, women’s golf and women’s tennis each have one member of their respective teams graduating.
The University of Mississippi's 160th commencement ceremonies begin Saturday at 9 a.m. in The Grove with Myrlie Evers-Williams delivering the address. The individual schools’ graduation exercises will follow in various locations across campus.
Complete List Of Ole Miss Student-Athletes Graduating Tanner Bailey, Baseball Justin Bigham, Football Carson Blanks, Track and field Chad Bounds, Men’s Golf Katie Breathitt, Track and Field Kelsey Breathitt, Track and Field Brittany Broome, Softball Kendall Bruning, Softball Tanner Burns, Football Pierce Burton, Football Tyler Campbell, Football Kim Coffey, Rifle Chris Conley, Football Whitney Craven, Volleyball Frank Crawford, Football Courtney Cunningham, Volleyball EJ Epperson, Football Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Men’s Tennis Corey Gaines, Football Chris Gill, Football Michael Granger, Track and Field Terrell Grant, Football Abby Guthrie, Women’s Tennis Alix Hildal, Soccer Jordan Holder, Football Murphy Holloway, Men’s Basketball Brett Huber, Baseball Erinn Jayjohn, Softball Jason Jones, Football Lacy Key, Soccer Joel Kight, Football Josh Lancaster, Football Ja-Mes Logan, Football Al Lowe, Track and Field Jonas Lutjen, Men’s Tennis Courtney Marbra, Women’s Basketball Tanner Mathis, Baseball Emmanuel McCray, Football Maggie McFerrin, Women’s Basketball Jazmin Miller, Track and Field Andrew Mistone, Baseball Korvic Neat, Football Ivan Nicholas, Football Meghan O’Rourke, Soccer Gilbert Pena, Football Wesley Pendleton, Football Amanda Philpot, Volleyball Alyssa Randolph, Women’s Golf Robert Ratliff, Football Charles Sawyer, Football Tim Simon, Football Evan Swindall, Football Anne Threlkeld, Track and Field Neal Tisher, Track and Field Deonna Walton, Track and Field Taurus Ward, Football Allegra Wells, Volleyball Nick Williams, Men’s Basketball Jasmine Williams, Track and Field Riley Young, Track and Field Isiah Young, Track and Field
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