WGU, an online, nonprofit university, held its 64th (Orlando, Fla.); 65th (Seattle, Wash.); and 66th (Las Vegas, Nev.) commencement ceremonies earlier this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 15,000 students from across the country.
The following local residents have received their degree from Western Governors University (WGU):
•Anita J. Orf of Bowling Green has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
•Malinka Buchanan of Bowling Green has received her Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction degree.
•Elizabeth Radcliff of Louisiana has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
WGU has recognized 8,938 undergraduate and 6,734 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since January 1, 2018. Their areas of study include business, K-12 education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing.
The average time to graduation for those earning a bachelor’s degree was two years, four months, while the average time to degree for graduate programs was one year, seven months. The average age for those who graduated is 38 years old.
WGU pioneered competency-based education, which measures learning rather than time spent in class. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, students study and learn on their own schedules with individualized, one-to-one faculty support.
They complete courses as soon as they demonstrate that they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time on what they still need to learn.
As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.
WGU was established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit
WGU now serves 98,000 students nationwide and has 110,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university,
WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education.
In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy.
WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.