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Sixteen Miami Hurricanes -- 13 of them football players -- earned their bachelor's degrees Thursday

Congratulations to the grads. This just in from UM:

Sixteen University of Miami student-athletes earned their bachelor’s degrees Thursday during Fall Commencement ceremonies at BankUnited Center.

 Thirteen of the 16 graduates were football players – Malcolm Bunche, Eduardo Clements, Akil Craig, Shayon Green, Allen Hurns, Alex Irastorza, Paul Kelly, Brandon Linder, Sean McNally, Stephen Morris, Clive Walford and Ryan Williams. Green walked during the May 2013 Commencement exercises. Also graduating Thursday was Billy Sanders, who was a reserve tight end in 2010 and 2011.

 After a 9-3 season, the Hurricanes will play Louisville in the 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 (6:45 p.m., ESPN) in Orlando.

 Also graduating Thursday were soccer’s Jordan Roseboro and baseball’s Alex San Juan and Michael Broad. Roseboro was a four-year letterwinner for the Canes from 2009-12 and finished with six career goals.

 “Graduation Day is a celebration for not only our student-athletes and their families but for our whole community that has watched our Hurricanes give their very best effort in school and in their sport,” said David Wyman, Associate AD for Academic Services.

 San Juan played two years for Jim Morris’ team (2012-13), finishing his career with a .264 batting average, one home run and 18 RBI in 64 games. Broad spent four seasons in the outfield for the Canes, playing in 178 games and making 147 starts. Broad hit .273 with 15 home runs and 94 RBI.

 “Today we honor them for their commitment and contributions they made to our tremendous university and join them in celebrating their academic success,” Wyman said.

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Miami Heat team president Pat Riley gave the commencement speech.

To listen to Riley's speech, go to www.miami.edu and click on the link for commencement archive.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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