WGU Washington awarded nearly 2,600 bachelor’s and master’s degrees to students from throughout the state at its sixth annual commencement ceremony Saturday.
Graduates, family members, supporters and WGU faculty packed KeyArena to celebrate the online university’s largest class of graduates yet.
Since state lawmakers established WGU Washington six years ago, enrollment now exceeds 10,000 full-time students. This year’s graduating class is 35 percent larger than last year’s class of graduates, making WGU Washington’s average yearly growth 51 percent. Including the 2017 graduating class, more than 8,000 Washingtonians have now earned degrees from WGU Washington.
“Today, we recognize the accomplishments and dedication of WGU Washington’s 2017 graduating class.” said WGU Washington Chancellor Rich Cummins. “These students have invested countless hours over many long nights. We are proud to welcome them to our community of alumni and cannot wait to see them apply their degrees in jobs and industries across the state.”
Nearly 650 graduates from communities throughout the state participated in the ceremony. Graduates, friends and families throughout the state celebrated commencement on social media with the hashtag #WGUWA17.
State Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony, highlighting the importance of higher education and congratulating the graduates on their academic accomplishments.
Learn more at washington.wgu.edu.