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UK sets school record with 114 graduating student-athletes

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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.

Baseball

Oraj Anu
Tyler Bosma
Alex Degen
Adam Fogel
Sean Harney
Daniel Harris IV
Hunter Jump
Zack Lee
Kirk Liebert
Jacob Plastiak
Alonzo Rubalcaba
John Thrasher
Darren Williams

Men’s Basketball

Brennan Canada
Kellan Grady
Davion Mintz – master’s degree
Zan Payne

Women’s Basketball

Robyn Benton
Blair Green
Rhyne Howard
Jazmine Massengill
Olivia Owens

Football

Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald
Tyrell Ajian
Brenden Bates
Eli Cox
Darren Edmond
Braxton Eiserman
Luke Fortner – two master’s degrees
Will Nalty
Chris Rodriguez
Matt Ruffolo – master’s degree
Keaton Upshaw
Quintin Wilson – master’s degree

Men’s Golf

Jacob Cook – master’s degree
Jay Kirchdorfer
Zach Norris – master’s degree

Women’s Golf

Ryan Bender
Sarah Fite
Casey Ott

Gymnastics

Anna Haigis
Arianna Patterson

Rifle

Richard Clark
Mason Hamilton
Will Shaner

Men’s Soccer

Luke Andrews
Kalil ElMedkhar
Daniel Evans
Cole Guindon
Clay Holstad
Brock Lindow
Ryan Troutman
Mason Visconti
Ben Wendell

Women’s Soccer

Marissa Bosco – master’s degree
Bailey Locke
Sophie Manchin
Gretchen Mills
Mary Moffitt
Peyton Rimko
Sarah Siekkinen

Softball

Renee Abernathy
Jaci Babbs
Emma Boitnott
Lauren Johnson – master’s degree
Kayla Kowalik

STUNT

Jordan Marion
Jordan Redding

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Kyle Barker
Daniel Blake
Mason Wilby

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Emily Baeth
Caitlin Brooks
Riley Gaines
Izzy Gati
Parker Herren
Kyndal Knight
Lauren Poole
Kelly Rodriguez
Sophie Sorenson
Caroline Szydlowski

Men’s Tennis

Millen Hurrion

Women’s Tennis

Carla Girbau

Men’s Track and Field/Cross Country

Myles Anders – master’s degree
Nathan Bann
Jacob Brizendine
Tai Brown
Cameron Council
Joe Jardine
Rahman Minor
Matt Peare
Patrick Schaefer
Jacob Smith
Josh Sobota
Gabe Szalay
Trevor Warren
Kenroy Williams – master’s degree
Lincoln Young

Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country

Perri Bockrath
Rachel Boice
Sophie Carrier
Amaya Chadwick
Jenna Gearing
Alexis Holmes
Kaitlyn Lacy
Molly Leppelmeier – master’s degree
Sarah Michels
Masai Russell
Abby Steiner
Siobhan Szerencsits
Kelli Walsh

Volleyball

Cameron Scheitzach
Alli Stumler
Lauren Tharp

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