Meet the Graduating Class of Winter 2016

The time has come—#WGUGrad weekend is upon us! 

In Orlando, Florida, this Saturday, some 6,000 people—grads, family, friends, supporters, faculty, and staff—will gather to celebrate the graduating class of Winter 2016, which includes graduates who earned their degrees from July 2015 to January 2016.

This class includes more than 7,300 grads from across the country. More than 760 of them will join us in person in Orlando on Saturday, February 6, to celebrate at commencement. There, they will hear from Claire Bilby, Senior Vice President, Event Operations and Premium Services at Walt Disney World Resort, as well as four amazing graduates who will share their inspiring stories. You can meet them here.

If you’re not planning to be there, you can join us live online starting at 9:45 a.m. EST at www.wgu.edu/wgu/commencement_winter2016.

Here are some fun facts about the graduating class:

  • 7,316 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 57,000 degrees.
  • 4,557 undergraduate and 2,759 graduate degrees will be recognized.
  • Although they earned their degrees online, 760 graduates from 45 states and Washington, D.C. are expected to attend commencement to walk in the ceremony. The graduate traveling the greatest distance to participate in commencement is coming from Vienna, Austria.
  • Degree distribution by college:
    • College of Business – 2,323
    • College of Health Professions and Nursing – 2,741
    • College of Information Technology – 868
    • Teachers College – 1,384
      • 827 are degrees leading to licensure as a teacher.
      • 331 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 20 years old; the oldest is 68 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, 4 months. The average time to graduation for graduate programs is 1 year, 9 months.

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