Local Residents Earn Degrees from Western Governors University

  • Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Five Summerville area students recently received degrees from Western Governors University. They are: • Kristan Thompson of Ladson (29456) received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. • Begona De Codina Solis of Ladson (29456) received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. • Christine Curley of Summerville (29485) received a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education. • Sharon Holden of Summerville (29485) received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. • Shannon Mccullum of Summerville (29485) received a Bachelor of Arts in Science. On July 14 the online, nonprofit university held its semi-annual commencement ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, and celebrated the graduation of more than 3,200 graduates-WGU's largest class ever. This year, Western Governors University celebrates its 15th anniversary. Incorporated in 1997, the university has grown to a national institution with more than 33,000 students and 16,000 graduates in just 15 years. The university conferred 2,036 undergraduate degrees and 1,199 graduate degrees in four disciplines: business, information technology, teacher education, and health professions, including nursing. Graduates from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada, as well as military personnel working overseas, were recognized during the ceremony. WGU founding governor, The Honorable Michael O. Leavitt, (Utah Governor, 1993-2003, and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services) delivered the commencement keynote address. WGU founding governors, The Honorable Roy Romer (Colorado Governor, 1987-1999) and chairman of the WGU Board of Trustees, The Honorable Jim Geringer (Wyoming Governor, 1995-2003) also spoke at the event. Students and graduates who were not able to attend the ceremony were able to watch the event via live video stream on the WGU website. Western Governors University has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, CNN's "Schools of Thought," and in The New York Times. WGU is the only university in the U.S. offering competency-based degree programs and the only nonprofit, fully online university with students in all 50 states. WGU offers 50 degree programs in K-12 teacher education, business, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. Since its incorporation in 1997, WGU has grown into a national institution, with more than 16,000 graduates and current enrollment of 34,000 students. WGU is self-sustaining on tuition of approximately $6,000 per 12-month year for most programs.

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