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Black athletes are earning college degrees at record rates, and it's pushing the overall graduation rate higher and higher.
On Wednesday, the NCAA's latest Graduation Success Rate report showed that 77% of black athletes received diplomas from 2014-'17 and that 87% of all college athletes graduated. Both are all-time highs.
"As colleges and universities, we have a responsibility to prepare our students to excel both on and off the field of play," said John J. DeGioia, the president of Georgetown University and chairman of the Division I Committee on Academics.
While the overall rate is up one percentage point from last year, men's basketball recorded a record high of 82%, up two percentage points from 2016 and women's basketball matched its all-time high of 92%. Players in the Football Bowl Subdivision finished at 78%. All three increases were at least partly attributed to increases among black players in each sport.
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