The 2022 Spring Commencement is making history.
The University of Kentucky expects to see 114 student-athletes graduate either this weekend at Rupp Arena or into the summer term, setting a new school record. The 114 student-athletes are spread out across 19 different programs with 11 individuals earning their master’s degrees, including Men’s Basketball guard Davion Mintz and Football offensive lineman Luke Fortner.
The 2022 spring semester marks the 19th consecutive semester where UK student-athletes held a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
“With the variety of issues in college athletics today, education and competitive excellence remain the heartbeat of what we do,” Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics, said in UK’s press release. “I am very proud of the 114 graduates who will take the next steps in their lives on the foundation of their time at Kentucky. We continue to emphasize the principle of students giving us four years and we will give them the next 40. In addition to academic achievement, their ability to balance excellence in the competitive arena shows the incredible discipline, intelligence and heart it takes to be a student-athlete at the highest level.”
Counting the 21 student-athletes who graduated back in December, that brings the total number of 2021-22 school-year grads to 135. Joining Mintz and Fortner as master’s degree recipients are Matt Ruffolo and Quintin Wilson from football; Jacob Cook and Zach Norris from men’s golf; Marissa Bosco from women’s soccer; Lauren Johnson from softball; Myles Anders and Kenroy Williams from men’s track and field; and Molly Leppelmeier from women’s track and field.
Below is the full list of expected graduates, along with additional information, courtesy of UK Athletics:
UK’s graduating class also has excelled in the arenas of competition. While at Kentucky, the graduates have been part of three NCAA Championships, nine conference championships and five conference tournament championships. A total of 17 grads have earned All-America honors while at Kentucky and 25 have gained all-conference recognition.
In the 2021-22 school year, this class has sparked UK Athletics to a current ranking of No. 8 in the nation (among 358 Division I schools) in the NACDA Directors’ Cup all-sports standings. The Wildcats are first among SEC schools in the Directors’ Cup.
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Davion Mintz – master’s degree
Luke Fortner – two master’s degrees
Matt Ruffolo – master’s degree
Quintin Wilson – master’s degree
Jacob Cook – master’s degree
Zach Norris – master’s degree
Marissa Bosco – master’s degree
Lauren Johnson – master’s degree
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country
Myles Anders – master’s degree
Kenroy Williams – master’s degree
Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country
Molly Leppelmeier – master’s degree