SPARTANBURG, S.C. - 121 VMI cadet-athletes were named to the Southern Conference 2016-17 Academic Honor Roll, which was announced by the league Thursday.
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 varsity sports and posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher, were eligible the entire academic year and were members of the final squad lists.
Of the 2,100 student-athletes on the list, 468 earned the Commissioner's Medal, awarded to student-athletes who attain a GPA of 3.8 or higher throughout the year. This year's total is the most since that standard rose from 3.5 beginning in 2015-16.
Football boasted the most student-athletes on the list with 333, followed by women's soccer with 214 and men's lacrosse with 199. The honor roll includes all 21 SoCon-sponsored sports as well as the non-sponsored sports of women's lacrosse, swimming and diving, water polo and beach volleyball.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the SoCon Office of Public Relations.