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The Southern ConferencePublished: 6/27/2024, Last updated: 6/30/2024
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SoCon announces 2023-24 Academic Honor Roll

2,404 student-athletes earn recognition for academic achievements

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2024 Honor Roll
2024 Commissioners Medal
2024 4.0S

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference released its Academic Honor Roll for the 2023-24 academic year on Thursday, with a 2,404 student-athletes from the 10 member institutions and nine associate members earning the distinction.

“As a conference, we’re proud to recognize the emphasis our institutions place on the academic performance of each of the athletes named to the SoCon Academic Honor Roll,” SoCon Commissioner Michael Cross said. “Balancing academics with athletic commitments requires excellence, dedications and personal investment on the part of the student athlete. It's also imperative to acknowledge our appreciation for the academic advisors, counselors, and faculty who invest in these athletes to ensure they succeed in their endeavors."
The Academic Honor Roll originated in 1988-89, when SoCon athletic directors established the award as a way to recognize the league's outstanding student-athletes. The Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes who participated in conference sponsored varsity sports and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher for the academic year, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists. The award is different from the academic all-conference award which is determined by cumulative GPA and involves a participation requirement.
The 2,404 selections are the fifth-most in SoCon history. Of this year’s qualifiers, 743 earned the Commissioner’s Medal, awarded to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the year, and 273 posted perfect 4.0 GPAs.
Wofford paced the league with 289 members on the honor roll, while Samford was second with 287 and ETSU was third with 251. Each of the SoCon’s 10 full members had at least 73 student-athletes on the list and seven of them surpassed 200.
Chattanooga paced the league with 85 student-athletes earning Commissioner’s Medals, while the Mocs had a league-best 43 student-athletes post 4.0 GPAs.
Associate members in wrestling (101) and rifle (23) accounted for 124 selections.
The honor roll includes all 20 sports sponsored by the SoCon in 2023-24.