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Fifty-Seven Student-Athletes Earn Degrees in May

May 8, 2020

CLEMSON, S.C. - Fifty-seven student-athletes from thirteen programs have completed their degree requirements and are set to graduate from Clemson University. The May commencement ceremonies were initially scheduled for Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, but have been postponed. An additional 34 spirit squad and support staff students will also graduate.

The University is exploring alternatives to celebrate the newest graduates at a later date, and graduates will receive their diplomas by mail.

The list includes Kobi Thornton, a third-round pick of the Atlanta Dream in the 2020 WNBA Draft. Grant Voeks, an All-ACC thrower, is earning his Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, while All-ACC Rower and ACC Postgraduate Scholarship recipient Aliute Udoka earns her degree in animal veterinary sciences.

Nine members of Clemson’s 2018 National Championship Football team, led by Nyles Pinckney (Sociology), a third-team All-ACC pick in 2019, who earned his second undergraduate degree. Brian Dawkins Jr., son of Pro Football Hall of Fame member and former Clemson All-American Brian Dawkins (‘01) earned his degree in communication.

Fernanda Navarro, who won the 2018 ITA Fall Doubles National Championship earned her degree in language and international trade. Five members of Clemson’s women’s soccer program are graduating after going to NCAA Tournaments in all four seasons on the field.

Richie Shaffer, a first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 who appeared in 51 Major League games, earned a degree in marketing as a member of the Tiger Trust program. The Tiger Trust program, established in the 1980s, provides an opportunity for all student-athletes who have exhausted athletic eligibility or left early for a professional opportunity to retu­­­­­­rn to Clemson to earn their undergraduate degree if they left the university in good standing.

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Mat Clark


Mat Clark: BS-Health Science

Evan Estridge: BS-Biological Sciences

Jacob Hennessy: BS-Management

Ryne Huggins: BS-PRTM

Sheldon Reed: BA-Communication

Carson Spiers: BS-Management


E. Jonathan Baehre: BS-Economics


Chyna Cotton: BA-Communication

Kendall Spray: BS-Health Science

Destiny Thomas: BA-Sports Communication

Kobi Thornton: BA-Criminal Justice


Megan Hays: BS-Biological Sciences

Hannah Phelan: BS-Management

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Chase Brice


Chase Brice: BS-PRTM


Brian Dawkins: BA-Communication

Landon Holden: BS-Ag Mech and Business

Tristan Walliser: BS-Financial Management

Nyles Pinckney: BS-Sociology

Logan Rudolph: BA-Communication

Cade Stewart: BS-Construction Science and Management

Regan Upshaw: BS-Economics


Ana Paula Valdes: BA-Communication


Maura Chozick: BA-Special Education

Katie Kerrick: BA-Sociology

Carolina Kranz: BS-Civil Engineering

Rachel Mumau: BA-Communication

Hannah Niedojadlo: BA-Psychology

Rebecca Pulsifer: BS-Marketing

Elise Sum: BS- Food Science and Human Nutrition

Aliute Udoka: BS-Animal Veterinary Sciences


Danielle Antieau: BS-Accounting

Julie Mackin: BS-Nursing

Sarah Osborne: BS-Genetics

Maddie Weber: BA-Political Science

Courtney Jones: BS-Psychology


Pierre Louis Dodens: BA-Sports Communication


Fernanda Navarro: BA-Language and International Trade

Tate Schroeder: BA-Psychology


Richie Shaffer: BS-Marketing


Terrell Jackson: BS-Biological Sciences

Christopher McBride: BA-Sports Communication

Daniel Shaughnessy: BS-Mechanical Engineering

Grant Voeks: MS-Civil Engineering


Laurie Barton: BS-Health Science

Grayce French: BA-Psychology

Jenna Gearing: BA-Sports Communication

Amelia Jones: BA-Religious Studies

Danielle Little: BS-Health Science

Sidney Marshall: BS-Biological Sciences

Carley McGlinn: BS-Biological Sciences

Logan Morris: BS-Industrial Engineering

Claire Strickler: BS-Marketing and Management

Lakeisha Warner: BA-Criminal Justice

Morgan Wittrock: BS-Language and International Health


Emily Curtis: BA-Elementary Education

Madison Howell: BS-Marketing





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