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Calipari poses with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins on graduation day

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Today is graduation day for the Class of 2017 at UK, and before the commencement services began at Rupp, John Calipari pulled Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins aside to a familiar place to wish them well. Check out this pic of Cal, Willis, Hawkins, and UK President Eli Capilouto in the UK locker room at Rupp, which Calipari calls the “Blue Room.”

“You know the Green Room?” Cal tweeted. “This is the Blue Room. What made me happy is these two were almost giddy. They understand how big this day is.”

Mychal Mulder is also graduating today but decided not to walk, choosing instead to head home to Windsor, Canada. He posted this farewell message to the BBN on Instagram yesterday:

Last day in Lex and I just wanna say thank you 🤘🏽

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Of course, Derek included his fiancee Keely in his graduation day Instagram post:

And we're out ..

A post shared by Derek Willis (@dxw_33) on

Congrats, guys. Enjoy the day!

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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1 Comment for Calipari poses with Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins on graduation day



  1. Ben27
    10:25 am May 5, 2017 Permalink

    This is what it is all about! You get so close to the four year guys. I love the one and done guys, but the four year guys are special. Lot’s of great memories. I love all the wins and final fours, but I miss to the days of four year teams. It could be because I grew up with the 66, 75 and 78 teams. It was a different time, but not necessarily one better than the other. I love all the players we put in the league. Times change and so do fans. That does not mean that you can’t enjoy things the way they used to be. Our next coach may continue Cal’s way or go back to conventional coaching. Only time will tell.