Holy Cross Honoring Academic Achievement With Jersey Patch

Holy Cross Athletics   01-31-2017

WORCESTER, Mass. – When Holy Cross teams head into action this semester, fans will notice a new feature on the jerseys of many of the student-athletes. Beginning earlier this month and continuing throughout the spring of 2017, every Holy Cross student-athlete who had a grade point average of 3.0 or better during the 2016 fall semester will proudly wear a patch to signify this accomplishment on their jersey or jacket. A total of 323 Crusaders will wear the patches this spring.

Countless hours of attending classes, labs and seminars often go unseen by the public, whose main point of contact with student-athletes is on the field or the court. The new patch will bring the academic accomplishments of the student-athletes to light for all fans to see. This symbol of a Holy Cross education and the role it plays shaping the future aspirations of our student-athletes long after they graduate will serve as a badge of honor for all the Crusaders who wear the patch. Holy Cross is one of only a few Division I schools across the nation which honors its student-athletes’ academic accomplishments with a jersey patch.

Ryan Ferrill

Men's ice hockey junior Ryan Ferrill wearing the patch during last Friday's game with Robert Morris.

Holy Cross student-athletes have consistently ranked among the best in the nation for their achievements in the classroom. The Crusaders’ overall Graduation Success Rate of 97 percent for all student-athletes tied for the 17th best mark in the country in 2016, marking the 10th straight year in which Holy Cross posted a GSR of at least 97 percent. Earlier in 2016, the Crusaders ranked eighth in the nation with 14 teams receiving Division I Academic Progress Rate public recognition awards from the NCAA, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

Looking to the future, Holy Cross student-athletes who receive a 3.0 or higher term GPA each semester will wear the patch during the following semester. In the fall of 2017, student-athletes who attain a 3.0 GPA in the spring semester will be recognized.


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