Rupp Arena takes on a new meaning for three members of the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team Sunday, May 5, as they participate in UK’s 146th May Commencement. Twany Beckham, Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson, all Kentucky natives, can add having a college degree to their already long list of accomplishments.
Beckham, who grew up in Louisville, will graduate with a degree in communication and a 3.4 grade point average. Beckham spent two years at Mississippi State before transferring to UK for his final two years of school.
“My experience at UK has been great,” Beckham said. “I just want to thank all the coaches, especially Coach Cal (Calipari), for giving me the opportunity to come here.”
Moving closer to home allowed him to spend more time with his mom and brothers, with whom he is very close. They gave him the push he needed to succeed not only on the court, but in the classroom as well.