UMES ATHLETICS TOP MOMENT #12: UMES CLAIMS FIFTH STRAIGHT MEAC GSR TITLE
Francis Ezeiru (left) and Pina Guillaume (right) among the several student-athletes that graduated this past year
Francis Ezeiru (left) and Pina Guillaume (right) among the several student-athletes that graduated this past year
Aug. 14, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) athletics department countdown continues with their fifth straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Graduation Success Rate (GSR) Title. UMES was recognized by the MEAC for having the league's highest GSR for the fifth consecutive year, earning an 89-percent GSR 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 of our student-athletes has shown the quality of people that we are recruiting and that the university is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college."

In March, the Hawks were ranked No. 1 out of all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) men’s basketball teams while the Lady Hawks were tied for seventh among HBCU women’s basketball schools for graduation success rate.

In May, the conference acknowledged 66 UMES student-athletes by naming them to the 2014 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team. These athletes retain a 3.0 GPA or better during their respective sport.

In June, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognized the men’s tennis team on their Academic Progress Rate (APR). The squad finished in the top 10 percent of teams with the highest APR.

2013-14 UMES Top Moment Countdown Schedule

Moment #1: Friday, August 29

Moment #2: Thursday, August 28

Moment #3: Wednesday, August 27

Moment #4: Tuesday, August 26

Moment #5: Monday, August 25

Moment #6: Friday, August 22

Moment #7: Thursday, August 21

Moment #8: Wednesday, August 20

Moment #9: Tuesday, August 19

Moment #10: Monday, August 18

Moment #11: Friday, August 15

Moment #12: UMES CLAIMS FIFTH STRAIGHT MEAC GSR TITLE

Moment #13: VEVERKA SHATTERS PROGRAM RECORD

Moment #14: COLLINS & RENS ERAS BEGIN

Moment #15: SOFTBALL MAKES ESPN DEBUT

The 2013-14 UMES athletic season was a memorable one filled with incredible moments, championship performances and individual achievements on and off the playing field. To make way for the 2014-15 season, UMES athletics will count down 15 top moments from a year ago, based on subjective opinion by UMES administrative staff, coaches and student-athletes. The list not only recognizes academic commitment and winning, but also the spirit and pride infused into the campus. A new moment will be revealed each weekday, counting down to the start of competition for the year on Friday, August 29th.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.