177 Keydets Make SoCon 2022–23 Academic Honor Roll

The Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the 2022–23 academic year included 177 Keydets, with seven cadet-athletes posting perfect 4.0 GPAs and 36 earning the Commissioner’s Medal (3.8 or better).—Photo courtesy VMI Athletics.

The Southern Conference released its Academic Honor Roll for the 2022–23 academic year, with 2,471 student-athletes from the 10 member institutions and nine associate members earning the distinction.

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 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.

Overall, 177 Keydets earned the distinction, with seven cadet-athletes posting perfect 4.0 GPAs and 36 earning the Commissioner’s Medal (3.8 or better). Austin Doyle ’24, Jimmy Murphy ’24 (football), Sam Wolfe ’23 (basketball), James Boyle ’23, James Boynewicz ’25, Scout Ripley ’23 (lacrosse), and Courtney Novotny ’25 (women’s water polo) were the seven cadets with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

“Institutions in the Southern Conference emphasize education,” Michael Cross, SoCon commissioner, said. “As a league, we’re proud to honor and recognize the academic performance of each of the college athletes named to the Academic Honor Roll. The dedication and diligence necessary to balance classroom performance and athletic commitments represents uncommon excellence. It’s also important to acknowledge the personal investment the academic advisors and counselors on each campus make in the athletes’ lives. Their mentorship and guidance are truly appreciated.”

The honor roll includes all 20 sports sponsored by the SoCon in 2022–23, as well as the non-sponsored sports of swimming and diving, water polo, triathlon, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and beach volleyball.

To view the full Southern Conference release, click here.

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