Temple Football Graduates 22 Student-Athletes
Abdul Smith, Marcus Green, Zamel Johnson, Darryl Shine, Hooter, Maurice Jones & Alex Jackson

Temple Football Graduates 22 Student-Athletes

PHILADELPHIA - A total of 105 Temple University student-athletes participated in Thursday's 126th annual Commencement ceremonies at the Liacouras Center. The Commencement exercises celebrated the achievements of the largest graduating class in Temple history with more than 9,000 graduates.

The 105 student-athletes represented all 24 of Temple's intercollegiate sports. Football had the most graduates with 22, followed by men's gymnastics and women's lacrosse with nine apiece. Baseball, men's crew, women's crew, women's soccer, and women's track & field had seven graduates each.  The numbers include fall 2012 and summer 2013 graduates.

Among those receiving degrees were Ryan Alderman (Downingtown, Pa.), Cody Bohler (Branchburg, N.J.), Chris Coyer (Oak Hill, Va.), Justin Gildea (Hollidaysburg, Pa.), Clinton Granger (Philadelphia, Pa.), Marcus Green (Scotch Plains, N.J.), C.J. Hammond (Washington, D.C.), Tyron Harris (Lindenwold, N.J.), Alex Jackson (Ocala, Fla.), Zamel Johnson (Staten Island, N.Y.), Maurice Jones (Belleville, N.J.), Zach Kane (Toms River, N.J.), Brandon McManus (Hatfield, Pa.), Kevin Newsome (Chesapeake, Va.), Gary Onuekwusi (Baltimore, Md.), Chris Parthemore (New Cumberland, Pa.), Scott Roorda (Westmoreland, N.Y.), Darryl Shine (Orlando, Fla.), Abdul Smith (Trenton, N.J.), Ahkeem Smith (Bethlehem, Pa.), Martin Wallace (New York, N.Y.), and John Youboty (Houston, Texas). Nine of the Owls return to the gridiron this fall.

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“I want to congratulate all of our outstanding student-athletes on the greatest success of their college careers-- earning a diploma from Temple University,” said Interim Director of Athletics Kevin Clark. “We take great pride in graduating our student-athletes, and it truly is a team effort. It starts with our coaches instilling the importance of success in the classroom, to our academic support staff providing the tools needed to succeed.  Today's commencement is the byproduct of our commitment to academic excellence.”

In celebration of the accomplishments of the graduating seniors, Temple Athletics hosted a reception on Wednesday evening prior to graduation exercises for the student-athletes and their families. The Department presented each graduate with a special Student-Athlete sash that was worn during the ceremonies.
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