UMES Wins MEAC’s Graduation Success Rate For Seventh Consecutive Year
June 2, 2016

NAPLES, Fla. – On June 1, University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was recognized by the conference for winning its seventh consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Graduation Success Rate (GSR) award.

Maryland Eastern Shore earned an 88-percent GSR for student-athletes competing from 2005 through 2008; thus, the league presented a $25,000 check for the achievement.

"It is a huge honor to win this award for the seventh straight season," said Maryland Eastern Shore Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "It shows how successful our athletic program has truly been throughout the years in competition and inside the classroom. The graduation success rate demonstrates the quality of student-athletes we’re recruiting and retaining here in Princess Anne.”

The GSR measures graduation rates at Division I institutions as well as those transferring into those schools, according to the NCAA. The rate was created to reflect mobility of college students in graduation data.

Below are UMES’ results from the previous six years in descending order:

From 2004-07, 88-percent GSR

From 2003-06, 89-percent GSR

From 2002-05, 89-percent GSR

From 2001-04, 90-percent GSR

From 2000-03, 84-percent GSR

From 1999-02, 77-percent GSR

That same night, the conference also announced the All-Sports Award winners where Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M shared the Mary McLeod Bethune Women’s All-Sports Award while the Wildcats took their third straight Talmadge Layman Hill Men’s Award.

The All-Sports Award are indicators of the overall strengths of the conference’s men’s and women’s athletic programs. Each institution was presented with a $20,000 check during a reception at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples, Florida.

On the men’s side, Maryland Eastern Shore recorded 61 points and finished sixth overall. The cross country team led the way, scoring 14 points after capturing its second consecutive conference title. Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field each tallied 11 points while baseball earned 10 points.

For the ladies, UMES placed fifth after registering 77.5 points. The women’s bowling squad collected 14 points while making a semifinals appearance at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC). Cross Country and volleyball combined for 23.5 points.

“The university is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college,” Davidson added. “Academics is the priority and we’re seeing significant progress across the board in all our sports. Work in the classroom and on the field of play, partnered with our efforts in the community, are key for us to producing student-athletes who are productive members of society beyond their time in the maroon and grey."

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