Meet the Graduating Class of Summer 2015

It’s another record-breaking graduating class!

And what’s more, it’s the class that got us to a new, amazing milestone: 50,000 graduates and counting since our first grad earned her master’s degree in Learning and Technology back in December of 2000.

This particular class—which includes graduates who earned their degree from late December 2014 into July 2015—includes more than 8,500 grads from across the country. More than 830 of them will join us in person in Salt Lake City on Saturday, August 15, to celebrate at commencement. There, they will hear from Dr. Charles W. Sorenson, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare, as well as four amazing graduates who will share their inspiring stories. You can meet them here.

Here are some fun facts about the graduating class:
  • 8,512 graduates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as military service personnel working overseas, will be recognized during the ceremony.
  • Since its inception, WGU has awarded 50,517 degrees.
  • 5,292 undergraduate and 3,220 graduate degrees will be awarded.
  • Although they earned their degrees online, more than 830 graduates from 42 states are expected to attend commencement to walk in the ceremony. The graduate traveling the farthest to participate in commencement is coming from Wasilla, Alaska.
  • Degree distribution by college:
    • College of Business – 2,489
    • College of Health Professions and Nursing – 2,982
    • College of Information Technology – 1,044
    • Teachers College – 1,997
    • 1,087 are degrees leading to licensure as a teacher.
    • 229 are degrees leading to licensure as a math or science teacher.
  • The average age of the graduates is 39 years old; the youngest grad is 17 years old; the oldest is 76 years old.
  • 66% of graduates are female; 34% are male.
  • 39% represent the first generation in their family to complete college.
  • The average time to graduation for bachelor’s degrees is 2 years, 5 months. The average time to graduation for graduate programs is 1 year, 10 months.

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