Gophers linebacker Gary Tinsley formally became a University of Minnesota alum on Thursday, when his parents accepted his diploma during the University of Minnesota's spring commencement.
The Mariucci Arena crowd stood and applauded as Ronda Evans and Gary Tinsley Sr. walked across the stage to receive their son's diploma from Jean Quam, dean of education and human development, before the regular bestowing of degrees began, a university spokeswoman said. Tinsley, 22, who died of an enlarged heart in his Wilkins Hall dorm on April 6, earned a bachelor of science degree in business and marketing education while at Minnesota, while also making 198 tackles as the Gophers' starting middle linebacker.
Gophers coach Jerry Kill and athletic director Joel Maturi attended the commencement with Tinsley's parents, who flew to Minnesota from Jacksonville, Fla., to receive their son's posthumous degree. Several of Tinsley's teammates also attended the ceremony.