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Past and present Jayhawk athletes set to graduate Sunday

May 18, 2013

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Former Kansas University basketball guard Billy Thomas is one of 63 KU athletes who will take part in graduation ceremonies on Sunday in Memorial Stadium.

Thomas, who played at KU from 1995-98, will receive his degree in African and African American studies. Also, former KU center Cole Aldrich of the Sacramento Kings will graduate. Thomas, who had a long professional basketball career, has coached boys basketball at Barstow School in Kansas City, Mo., the past two years.

Draft picks Whitney Berry (soccer, FC Kansas City), Maggie Hull (softball, Chicago Bandits) and Angel Goodrich (women’s basketball, Tulsa Shock) will also be on hand. Joining Goodrich from the KU women’s basketball team will be fellow 1,000-point scorers Carolyn Davis and Monica Engelman.

Kansas men’s golfer Chris Gilbert, who is currently participating in an NCAA regional, will also receive his diploma on Sunday, while KU’s No. 1 starting pitcher Thomas Taylor will also earn his degree as the Jayhawks play a three-game nonconference series at Utah.

Second-team All-Big 12 honoree Bradley McDougald from the KU football team will also participate in the ceremony, along with four-time Big 12 Conference long jump champion Francine Simpson.

A complete list of graduating KU student-athletes:

Baseball - Jordan Dreiling, Thomas Taylor

Men’s Basketball - Cole Aldrich, Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford, Jeff Withey, Kevin Young

Women’s Basketball - Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich, Monica Engelman

Football - Tunde Bakare, DJ Beshears, Justin Carnes, Randall Dent, Gavin Howard, Prinz Kande, Dexter Linton, Christian Matthews, Bradley McDougald, Chris Omigie, Toben Opurum, Tyler Patmon, Nick Sizemore, Huldon Tharp, Kevin Young

Men’s Golf - Chris Gilbert, Alex Gutesha, Paul Harris

Rowing - Danielle Adam, Molly Boehner, Olivia Catloth, Katy MacCormack, Amber Malone, Paige Stephens

Softball - Morgan Druhan, Maggie Hull, Rosie Hull

Soccer - Whitney Berry, Nicole Chrisopulos, Amy Grow, Kat Liebetrau, Sarah Robbins

Swimming & Diving - Brooke Brull, Svetlana Golovhun, Danielle Herrmann, Iulia Kuzhil, Alyssa Potter, Brittany Potter, Cora Powers, Erin Savas, Madison Wagner

Tennis - Vika Khanevskaya

Men’s Track & Field - Isaac Bradshaw, Kevin Hays, Kaman Schneider

Women’s Track & Field - Tessa Cole-Turcotte, Sara Hedberg, Kathryn Lupton, Rebecca Neville, Francine Simpson, Kathleen Thompson

Volleyball - Morgan Boub

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