Locals earn degrees from Western Governors University
by Submitted via Email | August 31, 2016 6:34 am
Last Updated: August 31, 2016 at 4:38 am
Three Manning residents and one Sumter resident have received degrees from Western Governors University based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The university held its 31st semi-annual commencement ceremony July 16 in Salt Lake City, celebrating the graduation of more than 8,000 students.
Those hailing from Manning included Jennifer Barrett and Joy Stegall, who both received a bachelor of science degree in nursing; and Tiffany Boing, who received a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education. Sumter resident Martha Tomlin also received a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
At its commencement, the university awarded 4,944 undergraduate and 3,103 graduate degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare professions, including nursing. Graduates come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, as well as Armed Forces personnel stationed overseas. Dell Loy Hansen, founder and Chief
Executive Officer of The Wasatch Group, delivered the commencement address. Students who were not able to attend the ceremony in person were able to watch the event via live video stream on the WGU website.
Designed to meet the needs of busy working adults, WGU’s competency-based model makes it possible for students to set their own study schedules and move quickly through material they already know so they can focus on what they still need to learn. While WGU’s online degree programs are rigorous and challenging, adult learners are still able to earn their degrees without sacrificing work, family, and financial obligations. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their studies, finishing faster and saving money-the average time to complete a bachelor’s degree is about 2.5 years.