Graduation Day: 11 Nittany Lion Football Players Earn Degree

By Matthew Filipovits on May 6, 2019 at 12:01 pm

Graduation ceremonies were held across Penn State campuses this weekend, with 11 Nittany Lion football players taking part in the festivities. 10 players were awarded their undergraduate degrees, while Jan Johnson, who completed his undergrad in August, earned his Master's Degree. The graduating Nittany Lions are:

  • Zech McPhearson
  • Jan Johnson
  • Jonathan Holland
  • Ryan Buchholz
  • Nick Bowers
  • John Petrishen
  • Chris Welde
  • Ayron Monroe
  • Jason Vranic
  • Frank Di Leo
  • Tyler Shoop

    Also earning their degrees this weekend were lettermen Quintus McDonald and Bill Belton.

McDonald came to Penn State in 1985 as one of the nation's top high school prospects. He was a member of the 1986 National Championship and would go on to be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts.

Bill Belton was a key piece in the Nittany Lions backfield from 2011-14. He ran for 1,652 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career, with his most memorable play being a walk-off touchdown in the fourth overtime to beat Michigan in 2013.

Congratulations to all of this weekends graduates!