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Bears Receive Degrees in Fall Ceremonies

18 Baylor student-athletes received diplomas at the Ferrell Center during graduation ceremonies.

18 Baylor student-athletes received diplomas at the Ferrell Center during graduation ceremonies.

Dec. 22, 2005

WACO, Texas - Baylor University conferred degrees to fall graduates during commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 17, in the Ferrell Center and among those graduating were 18 student-athletes. Those graduating included six football players, five baseball players, two soccer players and one each from the sports of men's basketball, women's basketball, men's tennis, track and volleyball.

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.

Five Baylor teams recorded perfect scores for their graduation rates and 12 of its 13 intercollegiate athletic programs registered marks above the national average in a report released Dec. 19 by the NCAA. Baylor had a Big 12-best five programs report perfect graduation success rate (GSR) scores and each of its programs scored 80 or higher in the national survey of Division I institutions.

The defending NCAA champion Lady Bear basketball team had a perfect GSR score of 100 percent, as did Baylor's women's golf, women's tennis, women's track & cross country and women's volleyball teams. All 13 of Baylor's programs scored at or above the Division I national GSR average and seven--women's basketball (100 percent), women's golf (100), women's tennis (100), women's track and cross country (100), women's volleyball (100), football (88) and baseball (85) led the Big 12 Conference, while the Bears' men's basketball (79), women's softball (94) and men's track & cross country (82) programs both finished No. 2 in the league.

The GSR is a new NCAA measurement that improves the federally mandated graduation rate by including transfer data in the calculation. The average success rate for all of Division I athletics is 76 percent, while it also stands at 76 percent among Division I-A schools, 73 percent among Division I-AA institutions and 79 percent among Division I-AAA programs.

The recent NCAA study is based on the graduation rates of student-athletes who entered college from the fall of 1995 through the fall of 1998, allowing for a six-year window in which to earn a degree. Unlike the federally mandated graduation rates, the NCAA's GSR accounts for transfers in good academic standing and provides a more accurate and real-time assessment of graduation success for all athletics programs.

December 2005 Graduates

Baseball
Zach Dillon
Josh Ford
Michael Griffin
Cody Hall
Trey Taylor

Men's Basketball
Tommy Swanson

Women's Basketball
Tiffanie Blackmon

Football
Colin Allred
Jason Lumpkin
Mark Murphy
Chris Rogers
Jonathan Sisk
Adam Tomlinson

Soccer
Tiffany Boshers
Melanie Pannell

Men's Tennis
Matias Marin

Track and Field
Rachel Whittle

Volleyball
Kara Kennedy