Graduations aplenty for Utah football, basketball

It’ll be a busy graduation day for the University of Utah football and men’s basketball programs. Friday’s commencement ceremonies will feature a lot of athletes, a majority planning to participate in the cap-and-gown festivities.

“What’s important is you have to have coaches that really care and have a genuine interest in it and the players have to have an interest in it and a support system.” said Utah athletics director Chris Hill. “I think we’re fortunate to have people who have the right values. All those elements have to be added together to have a successful academic program.”

The graduates:

FOOTBALL: DeVonte Christopher (Communication, May 2012); Luke Matthews (Communication, May 2012); Jordan Wynn (Economics, May 2012), Tevita Stevens (Spanish, Dec. 2011); David Kruger (Sociology, Dec. 2012); Ryan Lacy (Sociology, Dec. 2012); Reggie Dunn (Sociology, Dec. 2012); Matt Martinez (Economics and Sociology, May 2012); Tauni Vakapuna (Sociology, May 2012); Shawn Asiata (Sociology, May 2012); Dexter Ransom (Sociology, Summer 2012); Ron Tongaonevai (Sociology, Summer 2012); Tevita Finau (Sociology, Summer 2012); Dexter Ransom (Sociology, Summer 2012); Kameron Yancy (Sociology, May 2012); Quinton Ganther (Sociology, May 2012); Joe Phillips (Parks and Recreation, May 2012); Jereme Brooks (Economics, Summer 2012).

FALL 2011 GRADUATES: James Aiono (Sociology); Derrick Shelby (Sociology); Lei Talamaivao (Sociology); Nai Fotu (Sociology); J.J. Williams (Economics); Greg Bird (Exercise and Sports Science); Tyler Whittingham (Communication).

(Special thanks to Fred Whittingham Jr. for compiling the list)

BASKETBALL: Jason Washburn (Mass Communication, May 2012); Chris Hines (Speech Communication, May 2012); Josh “Jiggy” Watkins (Sociology, May 2012).


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