Forty-Three Student-Athletes Participate in Fall Graduation Ceremony

Football head coach Charlie Strong and wide receiver Andrell Smith on graduation day.
Football head coach Charlie Strong and wide receiver Andrell Smith on graduation day.

Dec. 17, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They excelled both in athletics and the classroom at the University of Louisville. On Thursday, 43 current or former student-athletes participated in the fall graduation ceremony in Freedom Hall.

A total of 14 different teams were recognized at the ceremony, with football leading the way, boasting 11 graduates.

The class features multiple award winners and All-Americans. Football's Hakeem Smith was recognized in 2010 as a first team All-American and a Phil Steele freshman second team All-American. A pair of volleyball players - Lola Arslanbekova and Gwen Rucker - earned AVCA All-America honors last week, while baseball's Thomas Royse and Phil Wunderlich earned All-America honors during their careers.

Renardo Foster, who graduated through the Houston/Bridgeman Fellows Degree Completion Program, spent four years in the National Football League. He had stints with the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints.

Below is a list of graduates based on their respective sports:

Baseball (3)
Matt Koch
Thomas Royse
Phil Wunderlich

Football (11)
Doug Beaumont
Mario Benavides
Josh Bleser
Daniel Brown
Adrian Bushell
Zed Evans
Roy Philon
Andrell Smith
Hakeem Smith
Titus Teague
Jeremy Wright

Men's Golf (1)
Chris Biuso

Men's Soccer (2)
Greg Cochrane
Chase Rodgers

Men's Swimming and Diving (1)
Brendon Andrews

Men's Tennis (2)
Adam Donaldson
Robert Hall

Men's Track and Field (1)
Jordon Frazier

Women's Rowing (1)
Sarah Fiske

Women's Soccer (1)
Kassie Young

Women's Softball (1)
Chelsea Leonard

Women's Swimming and Diving (5)
Lacey Bobo
Sara Hartman
Lindsay Rogers
Melissa Steele
Raine Thompson

Women's Track and Field (1)
D'minia Stokes

Women's Volleyball (3)
Lola Arslanbekova
Kaitlynn James
Gwen Rucker

Cheerleading (4)
Brooke Cheripko
Austin Elrod
Rebecca Gonzalez
Lindsey Sitzlar

Ladybirds (4)
Megan Moomau
Marcela Moore
Amanda Page
Sheri Willis

Houston/Bridgeman Fellows Degree Completion Program (2)
Gerald Crafts (football)
Renardo Foster (football)