DeJuan Wheat And Marques Maybin Earn Degrees From U of L

Major congratulations to former Cardinal basketball stars DeJuan Wheat and Marques Maybin, who will be graduates participating in U of L's Spring 2012 commencement exercises on May 12.

Both Wheat and Maybin returned to school and earned their degree through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program. The program was established in 2000 to assist former student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic scholarship eligibility with the cost of full- or part-time tuition and books associated with completing their degree at U of L.

The program provides employment opportunities through the UofL Athletic Association to allow former scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to receive financial assistance to complete their degrees. A total of 55 former student-athletes have graduated through the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows and Project Graduate, a statewide program that helps people with 90 or more college credit hours complete their degree.

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Wheat and Maybin are two of the five graduates in this year's class from the Houston-Bridgeman Fellows Cardinal Degree Completion Program. Dion Edward (men's basketball, 1998-2000 at UofL) and Richard "Junior" Jones (football, 1983-85) are also Spring 2012 graduates while Joe Jacoby (football, 1978-80), a four-time Super Bowl participant with the Washington Redskins, was a Fall 2011 graduate.

You hear a lot of college athletes talking about coming back and earning their degrees eventually, but you rarely see the eventual follow-up story of them making that happen. Kudos to these guys, and all the other former Cardinal athletes, for setting such a positive example.

Also, it's hard not to feel extra good for a guy like Marques, who has rarely been seen not smiling since returning to Louisville after his accident.

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Congratulations, guys.

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