Thirty-eight Clemson athletes receive degrees Thursday


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Isaiah Simmons was among the Clemson football graduates Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Craig Mahaffey, Clemson University)
Isaiah Simmons was among the Clemson football graduates Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Craig Mahaffey, Clemson University)

CLEMSON, S.C. - Thirty-eight current and former student-athletes graduated from Clemson University on Thursday at the December commencement ceremonies, held in Littlejohn Coliseum.

“We congratulate each of the graduates and their families for their dedication and fulfilling their commitment to Clemson University,” said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “Clemson is one of the finest institutions in the nation, and this speaks to their level of hard work, the emphasis our coaches place on performance off the field and the support of the Nieri Student-Athlete Enrichment Center.”

Clemson has earned GSR scores of 91 percent or higher in each of the past six years as reported by the NCAA.

The football program saw 16 student-athletes cross the stage in the ceremony. The senior class has had one of the most remarkable runs on-field, having claimed four ACC Championships, participating in four College Football Playoffs, and are vying for a third National Championship. All-Americans Isaiah Simmons (sports communication) and John Simpson (sociology) are among those to earn degrees, while Chad Smith and Gage Cervenka each earned a second Clemson degree.

ACC Defensive Player of the Year Malick Mbaye led six members of the men’s soccer program, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals this season. Goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, whose save in PKs sent the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, earned her degree in accounting. Ansley Gilstrap, a member of the softball program’s first recruiting class, became the program’s first graduate.

D.J. Mitchell (baseball), Da’Quan Bowers (football) and Jack Metcalf (soccer) earned undergraduate degrees as part of the Tiger Trust Program. The Tiger Trust program, established in the 1980s, provides an opportunity for all student-athletes who have exhausted athletic eligibility or left early for a professional opportunity to retu­­­­­­rn to Clemson if they left the university in good standing.

Clemson athlete graduates Thursday

Andrew Coker Baseball BS Management

Brandon Peltz Cheer BS Computer Science

Tremayne Anchrum Football BS Management

Gage Cervenka Football BS Sociology 2nd Clemson Degree

Carter Groomes Football BS Preprofessional Health Studies

Denzel Johnson Football BA Sports Communication

Xavier Kelly Football BA Sports Communication

Matthew KIng Football BS Construction Science and Management

Hall Morton Football BS Financial Management

Sean Pollard Football BA History

Chandler Reeves Football BA Political Science

Steven Sawicki Football BS Civil Engineering

Isaiah Simmons Football BA Sports Communication

John Simpson Football BA Sociology

James Skalski Football BA Communication

Chad Smith Football MA Communication Tec and Society 2nd Clemson Degree

Elijah Turner Football BA Communication

K'Von Wallace Football BA Communication

Nicholas Tourville Mascot BS Bioengineering

Sindri Bjornsson Men's Soccer BS Economics

Tanner Dieterich Men's Soccer BS Marketing

Nate Hall Men's Soccer BA Sports Communication

Malick Mbaye Men's Soccer BA Sociology

Adrian Nunez Men's Soccer BS Management

Cale Thorne Men's Soccer BA Sports Communication

Tara Moore Rally Cats BS Health Science

Makenna Farr Rowing BS Nursing

Rachel Salvia Rowing BS Environmental and Natural Resources

Rebekah Stein Rowing BS Health Sciences

Ansley Gilstrap Softball BS Health Science

DJ Mitchell Tiger Trust - Baseball BS Management

Da'Quan Bowers Tiger Trust - Football BS PRTM

Jack Metcalf Tiger Trust - Men's Soccer BS PRTM

Brooke Bailey Volleyball BA Psychology

Kaylin Korte Volleyball BA Sport Communication

Sandy MacIver Women's Soccer BS Accounting

Sydney Riley Women's Tennis BA Sport Communication

Markeeta Thomas Women's Track BS PRTM

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