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Penn State student-athletes boast record-tying graduation rate

Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, seen here in the Morgan Academic Center, expressed pride Wednesday after the university delivered a 90 percent graduation success rate with its student-athletes.
Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, seen here in the Morgan Academic Center, expressed pride Wednesday after the university delivered a 90 percent graduation success rate with its student-athletes. Centre Daily Times, file

Penn State delivered another record-tying performance on Wednesday — this time, off the field.

According to an annual report by the NCAA, Penn State boasts an overall 90 percent graduation success rate of its student-athletes. That ties all-time high for the university, last set in 2010, and remains above the 86 percent average for all Division I schools.

“Every day, in everything they do, our student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration, strive for comprehensive excellence, including results in the classroom, athletic venues and community,” Athletic Director Sandy Barbour said in a written statement. “These outstanding graduation rates tell an important part of our story, and serve as concrete evidence of our commitment and focus on academics, as well as our students’ preparation for life beyond Penn State.”

The figures released Wednesday include freshmen and transfers who enrolled between 2007-2010 and graduated within six years.

Nine Penn State teams boasted a 100 percent graduation success rate, including men’s basketball, field hockey, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s hockey, women’s hockey, men’s soccer, softball and women’s tennis. Field hockey and women’s tennis have been perfect for the last 13 years.

The football team also earned a GSR of 84 percent, which was well above the 75 percent football average in Division I. Overall, 19 of 27 Penn State athletic teams finished with a GSR of at least 90 percent.

“Penn State’s student-athletes demonstrate an incredible level of commitment, discipline and work ethic—in competition and in the classroom,” university President Eric Barron said in a statement. “This record graduation rate report is a credit to the whole Intercollegiate Athletics team—students, coaches, advisers and our faculty. We are proud of this noteworthy achievement.”

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