CLEMSON, S.C. – Thirty-eight current and former student-athletes graduated from Clemson University on Thursday at the December commencement ceremonies, held in Littlejohn Coliseum.


“We congratulate each of the graduates and their families for their dedication and fulfilling their commitment to Clemson University,” said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. “Clemson is one of the finest institutions in the nation, and this speaks to their level of hard work, the emphasis our coaches place on performance off the field and the support of the Nieri Student-Athlete Enrichment Center.”


Clemson has earned GSR scores of 91 percent or higher in each of the past six years as reported by the NCAA.


The football program saw 16 student-athletes cross the stage in the ceremony. The senior class has had one of the most remarkable runs on-field, having claimed four ACC Championships, participating in four College Football Playoffs, and are vying for a third National Championship. All-Americans Isaiah Simmons (sports communication) and John Simpson (sociology) are among those to earn degrees, while Chad Smith and Gage Cervenka each earned a second Clemson degree.


ACC Defensive Player of the Year Malick Mbaye led six members of the men’s soccer program, which advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals this season. Goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, whose save in PKs sent the Tigers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament,  earned her degree in accounting. Ansley Gilstrap, a member of the softball program’s first recruiting class, became the program’s first graduate.


D.J. Mitchell (baseball), Da’Quan Bowers (football) and Jack Metcalf (soccer) earned undergraduate degrees as part of the Tiger Trust Program. The Tiger Trust program, established in the 1980s, provides an opportunity for all student-athletes who have exhausted athletic eligibility or left early for a professional opportunity to retu­­­­­­rn to Clemson if they left the university in good standing.

A complete list of Athletic Department graduates is below:

Andrew Coker Baseball BS Management
Brandon Peltz Cheer BS Computer Science
Tremayne Anchrum Football BS Management
Gage Cervenka Football BS Sociology 2nd Clemson Degree
Carter Groomes Football BS Preprofessional Health Studies
Denzel Johnson Football BA Sports Communication
Xavier Kelly Football BA Sports Communication
Matthew KIng Football BS Construction Science and Management
Hall Morton Football BS Financial Management
Sean Pollard Football BA History
Chandler Reeves Football BA Political Science
Steven Sawicki Football BS Civil Engineering
Isaiah Simmons Football BA Sports Communication
John Simpson Football BA Sociology
James Skalski Football BA Communication
Chad Smith Football MA Communication Tec and Society 2nd Clemson Degree
Elijah Turner Football BA Communication
K’Von Wallace Football BA Communication
Nicholas Tourville Mascot BS Bioengineering
Sindri Bjornsson Men’s Soccer BS Economics
Tanner Dieterich Men’s Soccer BS Marketing
Nate Hall Men’s Soccer BA Sports Communication
Malick Mbaye Men’s Soccer BA Sociology
Adrian Nunez Men’s Soccer BS Management
Cale Thorne Men’s Soccer BA Sports Communication
Tara Moore Rally Cats BS Health Science
Makenna Farr Rowing BS Nursing
Rachel Salvia Rowing BS Environmental and Natural Resources
Rebekah Stein Rowing BS Health Sciences
Ansley Gilstrap Softball BS Health Science
DJ Mitchell Tiger Trust – Baseball BS Management
Da’Quan Bowers Tiger Trust – Football BS PRTM
Jack Metcalf Tiger Trust – Men’s Soccer BS PRTM
Brooke Bailey Volleyball BA Psychology
Kaylin Korte Volleyball BA Sport Communication
Sandy MacIver Women’s Soccer BS Accounting
Sydney Riley Women’s Tennis BA Sport Communication
Markeeta Thomas Women’s Track BS PRTM