SALT LAKE CITY - Taylor Myers of Sublette has received a Master of Science in Nursing - Education (BSN to MSN) degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The university held its 64th commencement ceremony at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando on Feb. 10 to celebrate the graduation of about 15,000 graduates from across the country.
At commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 8,839 undergraduates and 6,117 graduates who have completed their degrees in business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and healthcare, including nursing. More than 1,100 new alumni participated in the ceremony. Graduates who were not able to attend the ceremony were able to watch the event via live video stream on WGU’s website.
Thirty-nine 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. The average time to graduation for graduate programs was 1 year, 7 months.
Designed to meet the needs of working adults, WGU’s competency-based education model makes it possible for students to fit studying into busy lives. Students complete courses as soon as they demonstrate they have mastered the subject matter, enabling them to move quickly through material they already know and spend more time 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 94,000 students nationwide and has 101,000 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.