Western Governors University awarded 1,922 master’s and bachelor’s degrees on February 12 during its winter commencement ceremony. The event, the 20th for WGU, recognized students who have completed their online degrees since July of last year.
A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank gave the commencement address, and four student speakers shared their personal stories of challenges and triumphs while earning a degree. Student speakers included Justin Osmond, born with 90 percent hearing loss and now works to help others who are hearing impaired, and graduated with his MBA, and Dallan Jones, who started at WGU when he was just 14 and completed his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Jozelda Porter, a teacher and single mother completed her master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and Tammy Hosang, a registered nurse who received her master’s in Nursing Education also spoke at the event.
The university awarded 1,095 undergraduate and 827 graduate degrees in Business, Information Technology, Teacher Education, and Healthcare Professions, including Nursing. Graduates for this six-month period reside in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Saudi Arabia, as well as Armed Forces personnel stationed overseas. With this graduating class, the non-profit university has conferred more than 9,000 bachelor’s, post baccalaureate, and master’s degrees.
The staff at WGU would like to congratulate each graduate.