Kentucky Senior Day Games

Kentucky Senior Day

Senior day at Kentucky is a special occassion which is held prior to the final home game of each season. A listing of the games along with the seniors on each team are lised at this link. Some of the activities in recent years include each player entering Rupp Arena by running through a large hoop covered with paper with their likeness. They are joined by their families at center court where they receive framed jerseys and the entire arena joins together by singing Stephen Foster's My Old Kentucky Home. NBC's Dick Enberg, who has witnessed his share of sporting spectacles, has been quoted as describing Kentucky's Senior Day as "truly one of the most touching moments in all of sports."

A.B. "Happy" Chandler sings My Old Kentucky Home in Rupp Arena

JPS Note: I'm not sure when Kentucky started recognizing their seniors, nor when they started running through the senior day hoop. Mike Pratt, who played at Kentucky between 1968 and 1970 mentioned on a radio program that they were honored at senior day by turning down the lights and having a spotlight shown on them as they ran onto the court. If anyone knows any details, either about the hoop or how and when senior day was first celebrated (either at UK or nationally), I'd appreciate learning more. Also, if anyone has additional photos of past senior days, let me know.

Although not a senior day ceremony, this photo is typical of the spotlight used for Kentucky teams and players in the 1960's in Memorial Coliseum

Below are some photographs from various parts of the Senior Day Activities:

| Running through the Senior Day Hoop | Receiving Framed Jersey | Singing My Old Kentucky Home | Seniors Play |


Dicky Beal with father - 1984


Kenny Walker, Roger Harden and Leroy Byrd -1986


Paul Andrews - 1987


Josh Carrier - 2005


Twany Beckham with family - 2013

Running Through the Senior Day Hoop


Larry Johnson - 1977


Rick Robey - 1978


Truman Claytor - 1979


Chuck Verderber - 1982


Sam Bowie - 1984


Melvin Turpin - 1984


Troy McKinley - 1985


Bret Bearup - 1985


Leroy Byrd - 1986


Kenny Walker - 1986


Roger Harden - 1986


Paul Andrews - 1987


Richard Madison - 1988


Ed Davender - 1988


Mike Scott - 1989


Jeff Ginnan - 1989


Derrick Miller - 1990


Reggie Hanson - 1991


Johnathon Davis - 1991


John Pelphrey - 1992


Sean Woods - 1992


Todd Svoboda - 1993


Jamal Mashburn - 1993* (not senior but leaving early for NBA)


Tony Delk - 1996


Walter McCarty - 1996


Mark Pope - 1996


Derek Anderson - 1997


Cameron Mills - 1998


Saul Smith - 2001


Jules Camara - 2003


Gerald Fitch - 2004


Josh Carrier - 2005


Chuck Hayes - 2005


Brandon Stockton - 2006


Lukasz Obrzut -2007


Bobby Perry -2007


Sheray Thomas -2007


Joe Crawford - 2008


Ramel Bradley - 2008


Jared Carter - 2009


Ramon Harris - 2010


Perry Stevenson - 2010


Patrick Patterson - 2010* (not senior but graduating that year)


Josh Harrellson - 2011


Darius Miller - 2012


Jarrod Polson - 2014


Jon Hood - 2014


Brian Long - 2015


Sam Malone - 2015


Tod Lanter - 2015


Alex Poythress - 2016

Framed Jersey


Chris Harrison is supported by his teammate, Anthony Epps - 1995


Anthony Epps holds his daugther, Makayla, who later went on to become a star for the UK Women's team - 1997


An especially poignant moment was when John Stewart's parents received an honorable jersey for their son, who never was able to wear it for the Blue and White - 2003


Rajon Rondo presents jersey to his former teammate Joe Crawford - 2008


Mark Krebs - 2010


Eloy Vargas - 2012


Julius Mays - 2013

My Old Kentucky Home


Albert "Happy" Chandler sings My Old Kentucky Home - 1988


Derrick Miller - 1990


Reggie Hanson - 1991


John Pelphrey - 1992


Senior Day Activities - 1996


Josh Carrier and Chuck Hayes - 2005


Chuck Hayes - 2005


Darius Miller - 2012


Senior Day Activities - 2013


Singing My Old Kentucky Home - 2015

Playing Seniors

Although it doesn't always occur, it's a special occassion when the coach tries to give all the seniors, including walk-ons a chance to play in their final home game.


Adolph Rupp gives instructions to walk-on Greg Smith while Larry Miller and Kirk Chiles prepare to enter game.


Sam Malone, Brian Long and Tod Lanter started the game vs. Florida but later go to the scorer's table for one more appearance.

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