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Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Bethune-Cookman University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Bethune-Cookman University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Bethune-Cookman University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Bethune-Cookman University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Bethune-Cookman University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Bethune-Cookman University.

Items on this list include John Chaney and Larry Little.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bethune-Cookman University?” and “Which celebrities are Bethune-Cookman University alumni?”
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Harry T. Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Teacher

Age: Dec. at 46 (1905-1951)

Birthplace: Florida

Harry Tyson Moore (November 18, 1905 – December 25, 1951) was an African-American educator, a pioneer leader of the civil rights movement, founder of the first branch of the National Association ...more
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Nick Collins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Nick Collins American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida

Nicholas Malte Collins (born August 16, 1983) is a former American football safety who played seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more

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Rashean Mathis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Rashean Mathis American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Rashean Jamil Mathis (; born August 27, 1980) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Bethune-Cookman University, and was ...more
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Terry Anderson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 64

Birthplace: Eastover, South Carolina

Terry C. Anderson (born January 10, 1955 in Eastover, South Carolina) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Redskins, ...more
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John Chaney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Basketball Coach

Age: 87

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America

John Chaney (born January 21, 1932) is an American retired college basketball coach, best known for his success at Temple University.
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Larry Little is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Larry Little American football player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Georgia, United States of America

Lawrence Chatmon Little (born November 2, 1945) is a former professional American football offensive guard who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played collegiately at ...more
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Rickey Claitt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Rickey Claitt American football player

Age: 61

Birthplace: Sylvester, Georgia

Rickey Claitt (born April 12, 1957 in Sylvester, Georgia) is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at ...more
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T. T. Toliver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
T. T. Toliver American football player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida

Antoine "T. T." Toliver (born January 31, 1977) is an arena football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played football and basketball at Mainland High School in Daytona ...more
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Boobie Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 38 (1950-1988)

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Charles Lee "Boobie" Clark (November 8, 1949 – October 25, 1988) was a professional American football running back who played in the National Football League for eight seasons and was ...more
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Booker Reese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Booker Reese (born September 20, 1959) is a former American football defensive end who played four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Los Angeles Rams from 1982 to 1985 in the National ...more
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Lee Williams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 56

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Lee Williams is a former American football defensive end and defensive tackle in the National Football league. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers sixth overall in the 1984 NFL Supplemental ...more
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Earl Battey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 68 (1935-2003)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Earl Jesse Battey, Jr. (January 5, 1935 – November 15, 2003) was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Chicago White Sox (1955–1959), ...more
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Cy McClairen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 88

Birthplace: Panama City, Florida

Jack Forsyth "Cy" McClairen (born March 2, 1931) is a former American football player and coach. He played professionally as an end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football ...more
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Jerry Simmons is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Florida

Jerry Bernard Simmons (born November 14, 1942 in Nichols, Florida) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Bethune-Cookman University, and professionally for ...more
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John Culmer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 72 (1891-1963)

Birthplace: Eleuthera, Bahamas

Father John Edwin Culmer (May 22, 1891 – June 18, 1963) was a minister and leader during the Civil Rights Movement, most notable for his work in Miami, Florida, United States.
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Rodney Chester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Actor
Rodney Chester (born 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Alex Kirby on the Logo sitcom Noah's Arc.
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Carmelo Ríos Sant... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer

Age: 45

Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Carmelo J. Ríos Santiago is a Puerto Rican politician and Senator. He has been a member of the Senate of Puerto Rico since 2004.
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Eric Weems is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida

Eric Grimes Weems (born July 4, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver, special teamer, and return specialist. He played college football at Bethune-Cookman and was signed by the ...more
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Charles Riggins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Charles Riggins

Age: 59

Birthplace: Sanford, Florida

Charles Riggins is a former defensive end in the National Football League. Riggins was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the ninth round of the 1982 NFL Draft. He would later play ...more
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Stevie Baggs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Stevie Baggs American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Stevie Baggs (born December 30, 1981) is an Actor, inspirational speaker, author of book Greater Than The Game and American former gridiron football linebacker. He most recently played for the ...more
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Maulty Moore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Maulty Moore

Age: 72

Birthplace: Milligan, Florida

Maulty Moore (born August 12, 1946), is a former professional American football defensive tackle who played for five seasons with the Miami Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the Tampa Bay ...more
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Nathan K. McGill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1888-1946)

Birthplace: Quincy, Florida

Nathan K. McGill (1888–1946) was the first African American to serve as assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois. He was also the first African American appointed to the Chicago ...more
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Avery Atkins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Avery Atkins

Age: Dec. at 20 (1987-2007)

Avery Jamal Atkins was an American football cornerback. A highly touted prospect, he attended the University of Florida in his freshman season, but legal trouble cut his football career short. ...more
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Clifford Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Clifford Reed Coach
Clifford Reed (born April 12, 1965) is an American college basketball coach who last served as the interim head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore. He is also the former head coach at
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Kenny Heatly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bethune-Cookman University Alumni
Kenny Heatly

Age: 36

Kenny Heatly (born March 28, 1982) is a former American and Canadian football cornerback. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Detroit Lions in 2004. He played college football at ...more