Meet the Graduating Class of Winter 2015

On Saturday, February 7, WGU faculty, staff, students, graduates, alumni, family, and friends will unite in celebrating the 6,728 graduates who make up the graduating Class of Winter 2015.

These graduates come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, as well as U.S. military bases around the world, where they or their family members are stationed.

And while we may refer to them as a "graduating class," WGU's unique model, which lets students progress through coursework at their own pace and graduate as soon as they are able to master all the material, these graduates have actually been earning their degrees and officially graduating every day since last summer's commencement.

This graduating class brings to 42,714 degrees earned at WGU since its inception in 1997.

For graduates, family, and supporters who are not able to attend commencement in Orlando, the entire program will be broadcast live via streaming video, beginning at 9:45 a.m. EST, at: http://www.wgu.edu/wgu/commencement_winter2015.

Here are more details about the WGU Class of Winter 2015:

  • 4,071 undergraduate and 2,657 graduate degrees will be awarded.
  • Although they earned their degrees online, more than 570 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 Anchorage, Alaska.
  • Degree distribution by college:
    • College of Business - 2,058
    • College of Health Professions and Nursing - 2,343
    • College of Information Technology - 836
    • Teachers College - 1,491
      • 1,401 are degrees leading to licensure as a teacher.
      • 359 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 19 years old; the oldest is 75 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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