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Can I Graduate?

The NCAA recently released data collected by the federal government concerning national graduation rates. This newly acquired research tracks the most recent cohort, which is the entering class of 1998-99.

As it turns out, student-athletes within this cohort graduated at a 62% rate nationally while fat white kids who like to drink beer and write a blog housed at http://orange44.blogspot.com only graduated at a 60% clip.

Syracuse, not surprisingly, demolished the national average. Orange student-athletes within this freshman-cohort graduated at a 79% rate, which was actually three points higher than Syracuse's four-year average. For all students enrolling on the hill in 1998-1999 (including myself), 79% graduated, which is a point higher than the four-year average.

The rest of the Syracuse report may be found here.

In addition to releasing the federal government graduation-rate data, the NCAA also released updated GSR (Graduation Success Rate) reports. The GSR, for those that do not know, is the NCAA's method for measuring a college or university's success in graduating student-athletes.

In Syracuse's new GSR report, the Orange did quite well, graduating students at or above the federal rate in every single sport the university supports in this cohort. The Athletic Department announcement from December (when the 1998-99 GSR report was initially released) may be found here.

While on the topic of graduation, Billy Joel was recently announced as being this year's commencement speaker. Some may be thrilled with the selection of Joel as the Class of 2006 orator, but I think it's pretty pitiful that this university has gone from Rudy Giuliani and Bill Clinton, to Claire Huxtable, a lady who talks to monkeys, and, finally, a terrible drunk driver.

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