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UMES Recognized for MEAC's Highest Graduation Success Rate for Fifth Straight Year

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ATLANTA- ? The University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, Md., has been recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for having the league's highest graduation success rate for the fifth consecutive year.

UMES earned an 89 percent Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes that competed from 2003 to 2006.

"It is a great honor to win this award for the fifth straight athletic season," said UMES Athletic Director Keith Davidson. It shows how successful our athletic program has truly been. The graduation success our student-athletes have had shows the quality of people we are recruiting and that the university is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college."

"?I am also excited to commend the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for achieving the highest graduation success rate in the MEAC for the fifth straight year,?" stated MEAC Commissioner Dennis Thomas.

UMES earned the highest GSR among MEAC members from 1999-2002, with a 77 percent GPR, and 2000-2003, with an 84 percent GSR.  In 2001-2004 it had a 90 percent GSR and last year, in the 2002-2005 cohort, it posted an 89 percent rate.

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.

In addition to the recognition, UMES was presented a check for $25,000 from the MEAC for the achievement.

At the reception where UMES was recognized, the conference also announced the All- Sports Award winners. Hampton University won its 13th-straight Mary McLeod Bethune- Cookman Women's All-Sports Award while Bethune-Cookman University won its first Talmadge Layman Hill Men's Award.

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