A few weeks back a story that is worth your attention occurred during the University of Kentucky’s graduation ceremony as former Kentucky tight end Oliver White (1981-84) received his degree in community leadership and development.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) May 4, 2018
Drafted in the 10th round of the 1985 draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, White only lasted a year in the NFL. After working for years in manufacturing as a supervisor and plant manager White knew he could do more.
“It was something I always wanted to finish,” he said last week. “It was always in the back of my mind.”
White is one of more than 150 Ex-Cats who have returned to UK to finish their degrees in what UK calls “The Post-Eligibility Program”. The program allows any former athlete to return to school to finish their degree with their tuition and books paid for.
The program was originally implemented by Athletic Director C.M. Newton in 1989, Mitch Barnhart has continued the practice as well.
Congrats to Mr. White!