A total of 72 former or current University of Louisville student-athletes, spirit group members and support staff will earn their degrees at the 2019 fall commencement ceremony at the KFC Yum! Center tomorrow, December 13.

The class features a national champion, two ACC champions, five All-Americans, and seven All-Conference selections. Swimming’s Mallory Comerford currently holds five American records, including the short course records in the 100m and 200m freestyle. She also previously held the long course record in the 100m freestyle. She won 12 World Championships and four NCAA Championships. She was a three-time ACC Swimmer of the Year en route to winning nine ACC championships and two ACC Championship MVP honors. One of the most decorated swimmers in program history, Comerford was a 26-time All-American.

Comerford will be joined by fellow All-American and the 2018 ACC 110m hurdle champion Martice Moore. Baseball will see a pair of All-Americans earn their degrees in Sam Bordner and Tyler Fitzgerald. Additionally, former football All-American and Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch will earn his degree as part of the Cardinal Degree Completion program.

The list also includes eight former student-athletes who were drafted into the professional ranks. They include: Daniel Johnson and Adam Wilson – men’s soccer, Deion Branch – football, and Sam Bordner, Colby Fitch, Liam Jenkins, Michael McAvene, and Riley Thompson – baseball.

The football team leads the way with the most graduates, 16. In all, 12 different sports will have a current or former student-athlete receiving a degree.

Nine former UofL student-athletes will earn their degrees as part of the Cardinal Degree Completion program, which was established to assist returning student-athletes that exhausted their athletic scholarship eligibility. The list includes: Sam Bordner – baseball (2016-18); Deion Branch – football (2000-01); Prileu Davis – men’s basketball (2002-03); Colby Fitch – baseball (2015-17); Liam Jenkins – baseball (2018); Daniel Johnson – men’s soccer (2015-16); Michael McAvene – baseball (2017-19); Riley Thompson – baseball (2017-18); and Chaz Thompson – football (2008-09).

Current/Former Student-Athletes

Caitlin Ahern – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Jeffrey Banks Jr. – Football

Hollyn Barr – Field Hockey

Prentice-James Blue – Football

Sam Bordner – Baseball

Rachael Bradford-Feldman – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Deion Branch – Football

Rodjay Burns – Football

Jean-Luc Childs – Football

Mallory Comerford – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Jordan Davis – Football

Prileu Davis – Men’s Basketball

Seth Dawkins – Football

Sawyer Edwards – Men’s Soccer

Colby Fitch – Baseball

Quentavion Head – Football

Bailey Hipenbecker – Lacrosse

Lauren James – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Liam Jenkins – Baseball

Daniel Johnson – Men’s Soccer

Alina Kendzior – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Mate Kovacs – Men’s Swimming & Diving

Grace Long – Women’s Swimming & Diving

Louka Masset – Men’s Soccer

Michael McAvene – Baseball

Callie McKinney – Women’s Soccer

Martice Moore – Men’s Track& Field

Niamh Nelson – Women’s Soccer

Brandon Newell – Men’s Track & Field

Devante Peete – Football

Tabarius Peterson – Football

Brianna Smith – Rowing

Emonee Spence – Football

Kristopher Stein – Football

Lamarques Thomas – Football

Benjamin Thompson – Baseball

Chaz Thompson – Football

Keion Wakefield – Football

Holden Wells – Men’s Track & Field

Adam Wilson – Men’s Soccer

Craig Yeast II – Football

Morgan Zacharias – Women’s Track & Field

Spirit Groups and Support Staff

Nicholas Barnett

Jarius Beason

Alexandra Birch

Charles Burnette

George Burnette

Mia Cleofe

Alyssa Dollison

Joren Fields

Mark Gumbel

Destiny Jackson

Josef Jerrell

Devin Journey

Jenna Lee

Angela Liebert

Aaron Love

Shemari McKoy

Kayla Miller

Sarah Parker

Kayla Ray

Aaliyah Rice

Denzel Robinson

Morgan Smallwood

Jennafer Sorg

Hannah Sturgeon

Katie Tarr

Palmer Thompson

Rebecca Walker

Kaylee Wheatley

Morgan Whitmer

Spencer Williams

Brian Alden
Assistant Sports Information DirectorMen’s Soccer, Women’s Golf, Rowing
University of Louisville Athletics


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