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Published 12/15/2016
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Hurricanes Participate in Fall Commencement

CORAL GABLES. Fla. – The University of Miami athletic department recognized 16 Hurricanes that earned degrees as part of the 2016 fall commencement ceremonies.

Representatives of the baseball, women’s basketball, football, soccer, women’s tennis and women’s track and field teams took part in the University of Miami’s 2016 fall commencement on Thursday at the Watsco Center.

“Today’s graduation marks the completion of an educational journey at a world class university and the beginning of a new chapter in each of these Hurricanes’ lives,” Miami Athletic Director Blake James said. “These 16 individuals will always be members of our athletics community and I wish them the very best of luck as they put their degrees to good use.”

Six current Hurricanes were joined by 10 former student-athletes to make up the 16 Hurricanes that completed the requirements for their degrees.

Shannon McCarthy from Miami’s women’s soccer team earned a master’s degree, her second degree from The U, while teammate Catalina Perez received her bachelor’s degree.

Football’s Gage Batten earned a master’s degree, while Standish Dobard, Alex Gall and Hunter Knighton completed their bachelor’s degrees.

Among the alumni earning degrees from the University of Miami were baseball’s Zeke DeVoss and Dale Carey, women’s basketball’s Riquna Williams, football’s Asante Cleveland, UM Sports Hall of Famer James Jackson, Kenny Phillips and Randy Phillips, women’s tennis’ Clementina Riobueno and track and field’s Precious Ogunleye and Tiffany Okieme.

University of Miami student-athletes posted a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 90 percent. The figures released by the NCAA show that the Hurricanes are above the national average of 84 percent.  Miami’s GSR rate is tied for 15th among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institutions.

Miami’s men’s diving, women’s golf, women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving and women’s soccer each posted a GSR of 100 percent in the most recent release in November. Men’s basketball (91 percent) and football (86 percent) also posted scored above the national average.

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