Graduation and Beyond

Even after you graduate, WGU will be there to support you. After all, you’re part of an exclusive community that is bound together under one common goal: future success.

The graduation ceremony

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Twice a year, WGU holds in-person graduation commencement ceremonies in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the university’s main offices are located. These ceremonies are a great opportunity for WGU graduates to get together, celebrate a momentous occasion with their families, meet their mentors face-to-face, and describe what their WGU degrees have meant to them.

Commencement speakers have included several U.S. governors and senators, including former governors Michael Leavitt and Roy Romer, as well as Wyoming Senator Michael Enzi.

The Graduation Ceremony

Twice a year, WGU holds in-person graduation commencement ceremonies. These ceremonies are wonderful experiences at which several WGU graduates have an opportunity to describe what their WGU degrees have meant to them.

WGU Alumni Association and communities

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Support Doesn't Stop When You Graduate

Just as WGU students participate in a unique online learning experience, the university also boasts a unique alumni community. You’ll be able to participate in the online Alumni Communities, which support new graduates in their career pursuits.

This professional community is a place where graduates share with their peers their experiences, practices, news, and success strategies. Graduates also seek advice and counseling, share job opportunities, and connect with each other in other meaningful ways. You’ll be able to interact with fellow alumni and receive continuing support from assigned WGU alumni mentors.

The WGU Alumni Association and Communities

Just as WGU students participate in a unique online learning experience, the university also boasts a unique alumni community. This community is an excellent venue for career networking and obtaining resources to find jobs and other opportunities.

Career assistance and resources

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The Tools to Get You on the Right Track

WGU provides career assistance and resources to graduates and students. Career and Professional Development Specialists are available to assist students and graduates develop a career plan, implement job search strategies, and assist with the creation of marketing tools such as resumes, cover letters, and social media profiles. Additionally, students and graduates have exclusive 24/7 self-service access to professional career resources, such as resume development and practice interview software, self-assessments, and job banks. Live and recorded webinars are also available on a variety of popular career and job search topics.

The WGU Career and Professional Development Center provides resources on:

  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Interview preparation
  • Job boards
  • Occupational and industry research
  • Networking
  • Career exploration and self-assessment
  • Professional development

Profile of WGU Graduates

WGU graduates are better suited and prepared for their chosen fields. Our graduates are:

  • Mature, strong independent learners.
  • Competent professionals with hands-on experience.
  • Highly qualified teachers who have earned notable recognitions: Teacher of the Year, Rookie Teacher of the Year, and Paraprofessional of the Year.
  • Employed in diverse fields, including City and State Government Agencies, Financial Institutions, and Non-Profit Organizations.
  • MBA executives working for Fortune 500 companies including HP, John Deere, Cisco, and AT&T.
  • Entrepreneurs and business owners.

Career & Professional Development Assistance and Resources

Whether you are established in your career, new to your field, or currently seeking employment, WGU’s Career and Professional Development Center has something for you! The WGU Career and Professional Development Center offers convenient, comprehensive resources – both on the web and off the web – to assist you at every stage of your career.

What employers say about WGU graduates

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"Google has pioneered the idea of access to information. The reason Google thinks WGU is such a good idea is because WGU has pioneered the concept of competency-based education whenever you want it."
   - Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, Inc.

WGU graduates are highly valued by employers. The results of a survey of employers who have hired WGU graduates returned some fantastic results.

Highlights of our Employer Satisfaction Survey
(2013 Survey of 200 Employers by Harris Interactive)

  • 99% said that WGU graduates meet or exceed expectations; 96% said WGU graduates exceed expectations.
  • 98% said they would hire another WGU graduate.
  • 97% rated WGU graduates’ job performance as good as or better than the job performance of other graduates; 57% rated it better.
  • 100% said that their WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs; 88% said that they were very well or extremely prepared.

Learn more You can learn more by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.

What Employers Say About WGU Graduates

Our competency-based approach to education is highly respected by employers. Our employer case studies prove it. Employer satisfaction in WGU graduates as employees and their preparation for the workforce is extremely high.

Fay online busines graduate

"As I neared completion I found out that as alumni I would be assigned another mentor who would assist me after graduation. How great is that!"

Fay Ulett
Graduate, College of Business