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SALT LAKE CITY — The following local students earned their degree from Western Governors University recently. The online, nonprofit university held its 71st (Cincinnati); 72nd (Anaheim, Calif.); 73rd (Salt Lake City, Utah); and 74th (Seattle) commencement ceremonies in the spring and summer of this year to celebrate the recent graduation of more than 10,000 students from across the country.

Local honorees were Mitzi Oden of Baconton and Jenna Craft of Leesburg, both of whom earned her bachelor of science, Nursing degree.

WGU has recognized 5,750 undergraduate and 4,488 graduate degree recipients, who have completed their degrees since June 24, 2019. 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, three months, while the average time to earn a 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; allowing them to move quickly through material they already know so they can allocate time for what they still need to learn. As a result, many WGU students are able to accelerate their studies, saving both time and money.

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 more than 119,000 students nationwide and has more than 158,000 graduates in all 50 states. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

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