Despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing sports to be canceled along with in-person classes, Eastern Kentucky University student athletes accomplished a record high grade point average for the Spring 2020 semester.
According to a press release, 36 student athletes graduated earning a degree. EKU has a total percentage rate of 88 percent in the NCAA Graduation Success Rate.
“Words can’t adequately express just how proud I am of our EKU student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Matt Roan said in a press release. “Despite the hurdles in front of them, our student-athletes showed a true determination to not only succeed, but to excel academically. A ton of credit goes to them for their dedication and perseverance during difficult times.”
The 290 student athletes graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.368. That was not the only record broken this semester, there were also 69 Colonels who graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Out of all student athlete graduates, 79.3 percent had a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“I want to express my gratitude to the Bratzke Student-Athlete Academic Success Center staff,” said Roan. “This group of outstanding professionals worked extremely hard to adjust to fit the needs of the student-athletes in this ‘new normal’ and continued to find a way to provide resources as needed."
In addition to setting its own program record with a 3.837 GPA, the soccer team recorded the highest team GPA ever by any EKU team.
Student athletes from 15 of EKU’s 16 varsity sports received degrees this month.
With all the challenges that began with canceling in-person classes in March, the student athletes were able to overcome those challenges to make Spring 2020 a record-breaking semester for EKU athletics.