Published: Aug 09, 2010 8:35 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 09, 2010 5:35 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A national student advocacy group says Florida's public universities rank near the top in graduation rates for blacks and Hispanics.

The Washington, D.C.-based Education Trust on Monday released its rankings of minority graduation rates for the 50 states and District of Columbia.

Florida ranked 5th with a 50.9 percent graduation rate for black students and 6th with a 57.1 percent rate for Hispanics.

The 11 Florida state universities posted a 59.9 percent graduation rate for all students to rank 10th.

State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan said he's proud of the high rankings for minority students and said the state is taking steps to sustain and improve that performance.