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Nine Tiger Gridders Receive Diplomas Thursday

Nine Tiger Gridders Receive Diplomas Thursday

Dec. 22, 2011

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Clemson, SC –

Nine Clemson football players graduated in commencement ceremonies in Littlejohn Coliseum on Thursday. Among the football graduates were seven players who are in their last season of eligibility and two (Jaron Brown, Dalton Freeman) who have a year of eligibility remaining in 2012. A total of 20 current and former Clemson student-athletes received their degrees on Thursday.

Among the nine football players who graduated was Dawson Zimmerman, who was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and the Wuerffel Trophy, given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Zimmerman, the Tigers’ starting punter the past three seasons, is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. The senior from Lawrenceville, GA entered the fall semester with a 3.92 career GPA in English.

Freeman, a junior center from Pelion, SC, is also a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and received his degree in communication studies. Joining Brown, Freeman, and Zimmerman among football graduates were starters Andre Branch, Rennie Moore, and Phillip Price along with Kantrell Brown, Chad Diehl, and Mansa Joseph.

Also graduating on Thursday were basketball players Bryan Narcisse and Tanner Smith. At the time of their graduation, they were preparing to play UTEP in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii. They became the first Clemson men’s roundballers to play in a game as graduates since Bruce Martin (1994-95).

2011 December GraduatesStudent-Athlete – Sport, Major Jay Cox – Baseball, Sociology Chris Epps – Baseball, Community Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management Bryan Narcisse – Men’s Basketball, Communication Studies Tanner Smith – Men’s Basketball, Marketing Andre Branch – Football, Sociology Jaron Brown – Football, Management Kantrell Brown – Football, Travel & Tourism Chad Diehl – Football, Management Dalton Freeman – Football, Communication Studies Mansa Joseph – Football, Special Education Rennie Moore – Football, Sociology Phillip Price – Football, Community Recreation, Sport, & Camp Management Dawson Zimmerman – Football, English McCuen Elmore – Men’s Golf, Economics Nicole Bowen – Rowing, Graphic Communications Kyle Shoemaker – Men’s Swimming & Diving, Mathematical Sciences Derek DiFazio – Men’s Tennis, Management Kevin Galloway – Men’s Tennis, Financial Management Lilla Fordos – Women’s Track & Field, Political Science Briana Johnson – Women’s Track & Field, Communication Studies