Education Secretary Arne Duncan months ago expressed his disappointment with the low graduation rates among most student-athletes attending major universities throughout the nation. But he wouldn’t have much to complain about after a few local colleges and universities in the Washington, D.C./Maryland region graduated their senior classes this past weekend.
More than 40 current and former student-athletes joined Bowie State University’s graduates during the 2011 spring commencement on May 20 at BSU’s Bulldog Stadium.
Six BSU student-athletes graduated with honors, including Male Student-Athlete of the Year Sterling Grant-Jones, two-time winning CIAA Softball Champion Danielle McClay, two-time winning CIAA Bowling Champion Rebecca Frusciante and Jatyra Heath of the women’s volleyball team.
“We are very proud of our student-athlete graduates today. These young men and young ladies are the true examples of student-athletes,” said BSU Athletic Director Anton Goff. “They have embraced the mission of the Athletic Department and understand the importance we have stressed about academics. It is a proud moment for our coaches and administrators to be a part of the joyous occasion.”
In D.C., Georgetown University graduated all six of its seniors on the men’s basketball team, including star players Austin Freeman of Mitchellville, Md., and Chris Wright of Bowie, Md.
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