Liberty Athletics was well represented at the university's 46th Commencement on Saturday, which included 110 graduating student-athletes.
The class of 2019, a class that included 20,731 graduates, featured 110 Liberty Flames student-athletes. About 8,000 total graduates participated in the ceremonies on campus, which was attended by more than 40,000 people inside Williams Stadium.
United States Vice President Mike Pence served as the keynote speaker during Commencement. Pence brought with him the personal congratulations of the President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump (who gave the first Commencement address of his presidency at Liberty on May 13, 2017) and encouraged the largest graduating class in Liberty's history to seize "a new era of opportunity and optimism" fueled by a growing American economy.
Additionally, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell addressed the graduates, encouraging them to step forth into their careers as leaders and innovators.
Falwell called the 2018-19 academic year one of the university's most successful to date. He highlighted accomplishments in Flames athletics, including its first victory in the NCAA Tournament, the highest bar exam passage rate in Liberty Law history (7th in the nation, alongside Ivy League schools), and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine exceeding the national match rate for the second year in a row.
Liberty Athletics salutes our graduates, thanking them for their hard work and dedication, both in the classroom and on the athletics field of competition. As Liberty's graduating student-athletes took part in Commencement, they donned a special cord with their graduation attire, presented to them at last week's Athletics Cord Ceremony.
Below is a list of Liberty's graduating student-athletes.
Baseball Andrew McInvale Evan Brabrand Logan Collie Tyler Galazin Brady Heid Ben Highfill Ayden Karraker John O'Connor
Cheerleading Jerry Babilonia Anthony Colangelo Josue Collado Pierce Foley Kendra Jalbert Nick Mini Dean Palmer John Pereira Madi Sandlin Amy Schools Kirk Young
Field Hockey Abby Julius Lindsay Pratt Annika Roberts Allison Schaefer
Football Elijah Benton Kedrick Bradley Ethan Crawford Michael Chorowicz Rion Davis Zack Foutz Frankie Hickson Mitch Hurtado Lucas Irons Sam Isaacson Damian King Mitchell Lewis Jeremy Peters Thomas Sargent Daniel Zapata
Men's Basketball Myo Baxter-Bell Lovell Cabbil Jr. Kennan Gumbs
Men's Golf Gabe Lench
Men's Soccer Nico Bellarde Isidoro Garcia Ruben Garcia James Knoebel Shaun Stocker
Men's Tennis Eddie Gutierrez
Track & Field/Cross Country (Men's and Women's) Sam Arter Greg Edwards Michael Fairfax Elizabeth Hutton Maggie McDermott Delaney McDowell Alejandor Perlaza Zapata Leah Plummer Kylie Polsgrove Jonathan Saintil Kelly Shaffer Riley Stroot Micheal Todd Patria Vaimaona Marbalyn Vernon Greer Wilson Samantha Yamasaki James Zentmeyer
Softball Jasmeen Click Julia DiMartino Taylor Hoffman Kaitlin McFarland Rylee Reynolds Sarah Robertson Deidra See
Women's Basketball KK Barbour Brooke Basinger Tatyana Crowder Keyen Green Ria Gulley Melis Ucar
Women's Lacrosse Kaitlyn Cassidy-Fischetti Brianna McCaffrey Kayla Foster Rachel Johnson Aubrie Tarris Brittany Tickle Faith Wells
Women's Soccer Molly Andres Amanda Barrett Caroline Boone Sarah Erickson Abigail Persson Devon Sipala
Women's Swimming & Diving Shelby Black Alicia Finnigan Ricki Lee Hodges Corrilynn Lynch Elizabeth Magnussson Ashley Mauzy Siani Null Brittany Weiss
Women's Tennis Rebekah Anderson Maria Medina Ashley Bongart Anna Dollar Lara Soares
Volleyball Victoria Baptista Amelia Johnson Margaret Latchford Hannah Morris Kainah Williams