2017-07-27 / People

Sutton receives degree in nursing from Western Governors University

Robin Sutton of Lincolnton, has received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 33rd semi-annual commence­ment ceremony at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on July 15 and celebrated the gradua­tion of more than 10,000 graduates.

At the commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 6,348 undergraduates and 4,140 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health­care, including nursing. Clayton M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administra­tion at Harvard Business School and Founder of The Christensen Institute, delivered the commencement ad­dress, and joined President Scott D. Pulsipher in honoring the more than 1,000 new alumni participating in the ceremony. Students who were not able to attend the ceremony in person were able to watch the event via live video stream on WGU’s website.

WGU has made convenient and affordable higher education avail­able to busy adults. Demand for its competency-based programs can be seen in the year-over-year growth of WGU’s national impact.

Forty percent of this year’s gradu­ates represent the first generation in their family to complete college. The average time to graduation for bach­elor’s degrees was 2 years, 3 months and the average time to graduation for graduate programs was 1 year, 8 months.

Since WGU’s founding in 1997, the online, competency-based university has awarded more than 87,000 de­grees; 20,000 of them in just the past year. Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s competency- based learning model makes it pos­sible for students to fit studying into their busy lives. Students 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 focus­ing on what they still need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money.

About WGU

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 82,000 students and 87,000 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 20 years, the university has become a leading force in changing lives of through education. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Com­mission on Colleges and Universities, has been featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at www.wgu.edu.

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