UMES RECOGNIZED FOR MEAC'S HIGHEST GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
<blank>

May 23, 2012

MEAC Release - All-Sports Awards

NORFOLK, Va. -- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has been recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for having the league's highest graduation success rate (GSR) for the third consecutive year. UMES earned a 90% Graduation Success Rate for student-athletes that competed from 2001 to 2004.

"It is a great honor to win this award for the third straight athletic season," says UMES athletic director Keith Davidson, "it shows how successful our athletic program has truly been. The success academically 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 third straight year," stated Thomas. "I applaud UMES for making a commitment to its student-athletes' academic success and their ultimate collegiate goal of obtaining a college degree."

UMES earned the highest GPR among MEAC members from 1999-2002, with a 77% GPR, and 2000-2003, with an 84% GPR.

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 11th-straight Mary McLeod Bethune-Cookman Women's All-Sports Award while Norfolk State University won its 8th-consecutive Talmadge Layman Hill Men's Award.

In the All-Sports Award standings, UMES finished 3rd in the women's standings with 86 points after earning MEAC Northern Division championships in bowling and volleyball and second place finishes in indoor and outdoor track & field. UMES got 5th place in the standings on the men's side with 54 points after top-three finishes at the indoor and outdoor track & field MEAC championships place plus a third-place finish for baseball in the MEAC North.