BOSTON, June 7 (AP) - Senator John Kerry's grade average at Yale University was almost identical to that of President Bush, his rival in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Mr. Kerry had a cumulative average of 76, The Boston Globe reported Tuesday. He had four D's his freshman year - a 61 in geology, a 63 and a 68 in two history courses, and a 69 in political science. He also received one D in his sophomore year, The Globe reported. He graduated in 1966.
The Democratic candidate for president, Mr. Kerry had previously declined to release his college transcript, which was included in his Navy records. He gave the Navy permission to release the documents last month, The Globe reported.
The president's transcript was published in 1999 by The New Yorker magazine. It showed that Mr. Bush, who graduated in 1968, had a cumulative grade average of 77 in his first three years at Yale and a similar average under a nonnumeric rating system in his senior year.
Mr. Bush received one D in four years, a 69 in astronomy, and his grades improved after his freshman year, the transcript showed.
Under Yale's grading system at the time, grades from 90 to 100 equaled an A, 80 to 89 a B, 70 to 79 a C and 60 to 69 a D. Anything below 60 was a failing grade.
In a written response to reporters' questions, Mr. Kerry said, "I always told my dad that D stood for distinction." He said he had previously acknowledged focusing more on learning to fly than on studying.
Mr. Kerry had an 81 average as a senior and his highest grade at Yale was an 89 in political science, also as a senior.
Mr. Bush's highest grade was an 88, in three courses - anthropology, history and philosophy.