Commencement Weekend for Gator Student-Athletes

This weekend’s University of Florida summer commencement ceremonies includes more than 30 Gator student-athletes.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida Athletic Association celebrates the accomplishments of 32 Gator student-athletes who will walk across commencement stages this weekend. In addition, one receives a graduate certificate.

Summer commencement ceremonies begin Friday, Aug. 5 and runs through Saturday, Aug. 6.

Three were part of NCAA title teams during their careers:
2022 NCAA Outdoor Men’s Track & Field – Dedrick Vanover
2022 NCAA Indoor Women’s Track & Field:- Taylor Manson
2022 NCAA Outdoor Women’s Track & Field: Manson and Caitlan Tate

One won NCAA Individual titles:

  • Will Davis – 2022 NCAA 200 medley and 200 free relays

More Summer Gator Grad Notables:

  • Taylor Manson won 2020 Olympic bronze as part of the US Mixed 4×400 relay team
  • Eight earned All-America honors – Kirschtine Balbuena (swimming), Alyssa Baumann (gymnastics), Leah Braswell (swimming), Leah Clapper (gymnastics), Will Davis (swimming), Taylor Manson (track & field), Caitlan Tate (track & field), Dedrick Vanover (track and field)
  • Clifford Lett – captain of Florida’s first SEC championship basketball team in 1989 – graduates with his bachelor’s degree on Saturday
  • Leah Clapper was a 2021 & 2022 CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large selection. She was the 2021 Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for gymnastics.
  • Five graduates with honours.
    • Magna Cum Laude: Kirschtine Balbuena (swimming)
    • Cum Laude: Leah Baswell (swimming), Paisley Eagan (lacrosse), Myreon Jones (basketball), Trent Whittemore (soccer)
  • Seven receive master’s or doctorate degrees this weekend – Alyssa Baumann (gymnastics), Leah Clapper (gymnastics), Jazmyn Foberg (gymnastics), Leigh Lingo (lacrosse), Taylor Manson (track & field), Matthias Siimar (tennis), Asia Smith (track & field). In addition, Caitlan Tate receives a graduate certificate.
  • Ten compete for the Gators in the upcoming 2022-23 season: Zippy Broughton (basketball), Leah Clapper (gymnastics), Brenton Cox Jr. (football), Paisley Eagan (lacrosse), Cameron Hall (soccer), Myreon Jones (basketball), Jenny Kim (golf), Angel Vicioso (track & field), Trent Whittemore (football), Dante Zanders (soccer)
2022 University of Florida Student-Athlete Summer Graduates
Name Sport Degree
Chris Armstrong Baseball Educational Sciences
Myreon Jones Men’s Basketball Educational Sciences
Clifford Lett Men’s Basketball Sociology
Zippy Broughton Women’s Basketball Food & Resource Economics
Emanuely De Oliveira Women’s Basketball Educational Sciences
Brenton Cox Jr. Football Educational Sciences
Chase DeMichele Football Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management
James Robinson Football Educational Sciences
Randy Russell Football Educational Sciences
Trent Whittemore Football Sports Management
Dante Zanders Football Educational Sciences
Jenny Kim Women’s Golf Built Environment
Alyssa Baumann Gymnastics Master’s in Management
Leah Clapper Gymnastics Master – Professional Communication
Jazmyn Foberg Gymnastics Master – Entrepreneurship
Paisley Eagan Lacrosse Psychology
Leigh Lingo Lacrosse Master-Management
Maddie McMaster Lacrosse Educational Sciences
Cameron Hall Soccer Event Management
Jake Adcock Men’s Swimming Public Relations
Will Davis Men’s Swimming Sports Management
Kirschtine Balbuena Women’s Swimming Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Leah Braswell Women’s Swimming History
Rosie Zavaros Women’s Swimming Psychology
Matthias Siimar Men’s Tennis Master – Information Systems and Operations Management
Dedrick Vanover Men’s Track & Field Educational Sciences
Angel Vicioso Men’s Track & Field Economics
Grace Blair Women’s Track & Field Journalism
Gianna Forte Women’s Track & Field Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
Sydney Fowler Women’s Track & Field Sociology
Taylor Manson Women’s Track & Field Masters-Health Education Behavior
Asia Smith Women’s Track & Field Master-Mass Communication
Caitlan Tate Women’s Track & Field Graduate Certificate-Dyslexia

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