Fifty-Five Student-Athletes to Graduate on Friday


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Clemson, SC ? Fifty-five Clemson student-athletes, including basketball captain Cliff Hammonds and football captains Cullen Harper and Michael Hamlin, will receive diplomas during graduation ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum on Friday. There will be two graduation sessions, one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 2:30 p.m.


It will be a landmark day for Hammonds, who will receive his degree in the same facility where he received many cheers while leading the Clemson men?s basketball team for the last four years. Hammonds had a double major in architecture and psychology, and is the first Clemson scholarship men?s basketball player to earn a degree in architecture.


Hammonds will be joined by fellow seniors Sam Perry and Matt Morris on Friday. Perry will earn his degree in sociology and Morris will earn his degree in marketing. It will be the second time in three years that three Clemson men?s basketball players have graduated on the same day. Hammonds was the recipient of the Skip Prosser Award as the top ACC student-athlete in men?s basketball this past year. He is also a finalist for the Arthur Ashe Award, which will be presented on May 29 in New York.


Harper and Hamlin are two of the 12 Clemson football players who will receive degrees on Friday. While both are graduating, both will be back for another season with the Clemson football team. Both were second-team All-ACC players on the field this past year when they led the Tigers to a 9-4 record and a final top 25 ranking. Mark Buchholz and Jimmy Maners are two more Clemson football players who will graduate on Friday, but will return to the gridiron for a final year of eligibility in 2008. Clemson will actually have five players on the 2008 roster who already have degrees, as Akeem Robinson graduated this past December, but will be on the team in 2008.


Three members of Clemson?s 2007 ACC Champion volleyball team will receive their undergraduate degrees on Friday. That list includes Laura Boozer, Sue Eckman and Leslie Mansfield. Eckman is one of four student-athletes who were recently named to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society who will receive diplomas on Friday. The others are Lizzy Jennings (rowing), Matt Balderston (men?s swimming), and Maners. Balderston also just recently won an NCAA Postgraduate scholarship.


Other prominent Clemson student-athletes who will graduate on Friday include baseball catcher Doug Hogan, one of Clemson?s top home run hitters in recent years, five-time All-ACC track athlete Matt Clark, and women?s tennis athlete Carol Salge, who recently won MVP honors at the ACC Tournament, leading Clemson to the league title.


Clemson Student-Athletes Who Graduated Friday, May 9, 2008

Student-Athlete   Sport            Major
William Bond      Baseball         Marketing
Drew Fiorenza     Baseball         Accounting
Doug Hogan        Baseball         Financial Management
Adam Ward         Baseball         Economics
Bryan Baker       Football         Wildlife & Fisheries Biology
Mark Buchholz     Soccer/Football  Marketing
Bradley Flowers   Football         Health Science
Mike Hamlin       Football         Sport Management
Cullen Harper     Football         Management
Colin Leonard     Football         Sport Management
Jimmy Maners      Football         History
Jermaine Martin   Football         Management
Brandon Pilgrim   Football         Workforce Training
Tribble Reese     Football         Marketing
Tyler Stone       Football         Financial Management
Chris Wade        Football         Management
Tanner Ervin      Golf             Management
Zack Siefert      Golf             Community Rec Mgment
Cliff Hammonds    Basketball       Architecture & Psychology
Matt Morris       Basketball       Marketing
Sam Perry         Basketball       Sociology
Jarrett Lewis     Men?s Soccer     Political Science
Jeff Routh        Men?s Soccer     Financial Management
Matt Balderston   Men?s Swimming   Biochemistry
Andy Bergren      Men?s Swimming   Management
Jay Crout         Men?s Swimming   Human Resource Development
Sean Geary        Men?s Swimming   Management
Patrick Raisor    Men?s Swimming   Financial Management
Taylor Thompson   Men?s Swimming   Mechanical Engineering
Mark Vahle        Men?s Swimming   Political Science
Sam Bryfczynski   Men?s Track      Computer Science
Matt Clark        Men?s Track      Management
Vernita Boone     Rowing           Sociology
Kimberly Brendle  Rowing           Sociology
Julie Fishel      Rowing           Ceramic & Materials Eng
Ford Heiner       Rowing           Marketing
Jaime Horgan      Rowing           Health Science
Lizzy Jennings    Rowing           Political Science
Elyse Roenick     Rowing           Psychology
Laura Boozer      Volleyball       Elementary Education
Sue Eckman        Volleyball       History
Leslie Mansfield  Volleyball       Elementary Education
Brittany Ross     Volleyball       Communication Studies
Adrianne Bradshaw W. Basketball    Sociology
Moreemi Davis     W. Basketball    Sociology
Julie Bolt        W. Soccer        Psychology
Nuria Zufia       W. Soccer        Economics
Jill Allen        W. Swimming      Architecture
Peg Carter        W. Swimming      Health Science
Jen Grove         W. Swimming      Graphic Communications
Dani Kazilionis   W. Swimming      Marketing
Whitney Sandison  W. Swimming      Financial Management
Mikaela Patterson W. Track         Health Science
Catheryne Porter  W. Track         Elementary Education
Carol Salge       W. Tennis        Lang & International Trade

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