Graduating Ceremonies, Online Student Style

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Have you ever wondered how students who take online classes celebrate their graduation from college or university? If you’re thinking that everyone logs on to a website at a prescribed time to view a cyber event, you’d probably be correct. Yet, the University of Phoenix (UP) has taken a broader approach — they invited all of their grads to Phoenix to attend graduation ceremonies in person.

Although most students have never met each other, the thousands of newly conferred UP grads and their families traveled to Phoenix, Arizona last weekend to attend ceremonies that were held on Friday and Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Graduates of  UP and two affiliated schools, Axia College and Western International University, were in attendance at one of four ceremonies with 3651 students taking part. This number is only a small portion of the 59,566 students who were awarded degrees, but is an amazing feat considering the disconnect to a physical campus that most students have (some students take classes locally at various learning centers established by UP).

At the ceremonies, the university conferred 753 associate’s degrees, 1,266 bachelor’s degrees, 1,451 master’s degrees and 180 doctoral degrees. For those students unable to attend the Arizona ceremonies, the university set up a live link to each event. Students from all fifty states were represented in this year’s graduating class with 32 countries in all included.

As of May 31, 2008, 345,300 students were enrolled at UP, making the school the largest private university in North America. UP serves a diverse student population, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.

The university has set up a special page on their website to allow friends and family members to send cyber congratulations to the grads they know.

(Source: University of Phoenix)


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