OAKLAND AMONG THE LEADERS IN MEN'S BASKETBALL GRADUATION RATES
The Golden Grizzlies graduated 90 percent from 2006-2009 cohort.
INDIANAPOLIS - Oakland University Athletics continues to graduate its student-athletes over an 80 percent clip for the 2006-2009 cohort, and men's basketball is 14 percent higher than the national average at 90 percent, announced by the NCAA office. The Golden Grizzlies had two programs produce perfect 100 percent graduate rates, women's basketball and women's tennis.
“Our student-athletes have a wide variety of interests and begin exploring those possibilities as they near the end of their college careers. Many go into the workforce, graduate or professional schools, mission or service fields and some continue in their sport at the professional level,” said Senior Associate AD for Student-Athlete Services Holly Kerstner. “With each student-athlete we emphasize the significance of an individual plan for the future and the importance of their education regardless of where they are choosing to go. There is a heavy concentration on the value of their degree and how it relates to their next phase in life and we are so proud of the student-athletes that graduate with a degree at Oakland.”
The baseball program graduates its student-athletes at a 96 percent rate, 15 percent higher than the national average. Oakland women's swimming and diving is also at 90 percent for the Golden Grizzlies.
The men's basketball program ranks second in the Horizon League, trailing Cleveland State at 100 percent, while the women's basketball team is tied with Green Bay with a perfect score. In the state of Michigan, the Golden Grizzly men's basketball team ranks third, behind Central Michigan (100%) and Michigan (91%), and ahead of Western Michigan (85%), Eastern Michigan (77%), Detroit Mercy (67%) and Michigan State (63%).
There are three women's basketball teams in the state of Michigan that boast a 100 percent graduation rate, CMU, Michigan and Oakland. Behind the Golden Grizzlies at Detroit Mercy (91%), Eastern Michigan (91%), Michigan State (90%) and Western Michigan (81%).