From left: Howard University Faculty Athletic Rep. Deborah Johnson, Senior Women Administrator Amy Olson and Director of Athletics Kery Davis

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recognized Howard University with the league’s highest graduation success rate for the first time Wednesday evening at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa in Hilton Head, S.C.

HU’s 81 percent rate is the highest among MEAC institutions spanning the 2008-11 cohorts

“We are proud our athletic department reflects the academic excellence of the university,” said Howard Director of Athletics Kery Davis. “This recognition is the result of the hard work by our student support services group, led by Paul Bowden, and the commitment from our coaches and student-athletes.”

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

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.

“The graduation success shows the quality of student-athletes we are recruiting,” Davis continued. “Our department, along with the university, is doing its part in preparing student-athletes for life after college.”

About Howard University Athletics

The Howard University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics sponsors 19 NCAA Division I men and women varsity sports. The programs represent six conferences: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA), Sun Belt Conference, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference.

About the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) just completed its 48th year of intercollegiate competition with the 2018-19 academic school year. Located in Norfolk, Va., the MEAC is made up of 12 outstanding historically black institutions across the Atlantic coastline: Bethune-Cookman University, Coppin State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Howard University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina Central University, Savannah State University and South Carolina State University.

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