Two Dozen Tiders Get Degrees Saturday

More than most major college athletics departments, The University of Alabama has a high percentage of its athletes earn degrees. That will be evident at winter graduation ceremonies Saturday as 24 Crimson Tide athletes will receive degrees.

The Alabama football team will have 10 current players receive degrees. The ceremony is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Coleman Coliseum.

Crimson Tide football players being graduated Saturday are offensive lineman James Carpenter, defensive lineman Josh Chapman, defensive lineman Luther Davis, tight end Preston Dial, defensive lineman Nick Gentry, wide receiver Brandon Gibson, wide receiver Logan Thomas, linebacker Alex Watkins, linebacker Chavis Williams, and quarterback Greg McElroy, who is receiving his master's degree.

Other student-athlete graduates include Brock Bennett and David Kindred (baseball); Morgan Dennis, Casey Overton, Kassi Price and Jacqueline Shealy, (gymnastics); Nikki Lopez (rowing); Rosie Petriello, Hailey Hull and Kelsey King (soccer); Riley Boulden (swimming & diving); Saketh Myneni and Houssam Yassine (men's tennis); and Mary Catherine Aune (volleyball).

Saturday's ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Internet. The webcast will be archived on UA's Web site,, and will be available for viewing until Dec. 31, 2010.

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