June 6, 2005
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor University athletic department is pleased to announce that a total of 38 student-athletes graduated during recent commencement ceremonies in the Ferrell Center. Of those 38, 12 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors throughout their career. In addition, two football players who played from 1989-91, Lee Miles and Frankie Smith, returned to Baylor and completed their degrees.
Baylor prides itself on its student-athlete graduation rate. Since the beginning of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Baylor has led the Big 12 in graduation rates five times and ranked second on three other occasions. According to a recent NCAA study, 88 percent of Baylor student-athletes who exhausted their eligibility and entered school from 1988-89 through 1997-98 have left with degree in hand.
The Bears' most-recent graduation rates, for the freshman class of 1997-98, is 78 percent, a school record by 4 points over the previous high of 74 percent in 2000. That figure is also 8 points higher than Baylor's general student population and 16 points better than the NCAA Division I national average of 62 percent.
According to that same study, Baylor also graduated a Big 12-best 76 percent of its male student-athletes and a league-high 82 percent of its female student-athletes. Five Baylor programs recorded 100 percent graduation rates and another five teams recorded a mark of at least 75 percent for the survey period. The Baylor football program produced a Big 12-leading 88 percent graduation rate, marking the fifth time in the league's history it has set the standard for classroom excellence.
"We are very proud that our student-athletes exhibit dedication and a strong work ethic in their academic endeavors and are also stellar performers in their respective sports," said athletic director Ian McCaw.
May 2005 Graduates
Women's Basketball (2)
Men's Tennis (1)
Men's Track (2)
Women's Track (6)
* Academic All-Big 12 Selection during career