Local Residents Earn Degree from WGU Texas
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AUSTIN, TX (Grassroots Newswire) Oct. 16, 2017 - The following local

residents have received their degree from WGU Texas. The university held

its 6th annual commencement ceremony at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin

on Saturday, Sept. 30, and celebrated the graduation of more than 1,995


* Brent Hudson of Gilmer (75644) has received his MBA in IT Management.

* Lauren Edwards of Gilmer (75644) has received her Master of Business


At the commencement, the online, nonprofit university recognized 1,234

undergraduates and 761 graduates who have completed their degrees in

business, information technology, K-12 teacher education, and health

professions, including nursing. Dr. Marni Baker Stein, who joined WGU in

August as Provost and Chief Academic Officer, delivered the commencement

address and joined Dr. Steven Johnson, Chancellor of WGU Texas, in

honoring the new alumni participating in the ceremony.

"Today, many Texans juggle full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and

limited budgets, making higher education something that's simply out of

reach," said Dr. Steven Johnson, WGU Texas Chancellor. "We've helped

change that as WGU Texas continues to deliver high-quality higher

education solutions that meet the needs of our diverse Texas population.

This year's graduates are a strong testament that higher education is

within reach."

Forty percent of this year's graduates represent the first generation in

their family to complete college. The average age of the graduates is 40;

the youngest grad is 20; the oldest is 85. From this class, the average

time to complete a bachelor's degree was two years and seven months, while

completing a master's degree took about one year, nine months.

WGU Texas' online, competency-based model allows students to move quickly

through material they already know so they can focus on what they still

need to learn. As a result, many students are able to accelerate their

studies, finishing faster and saving money. Tuition is charged at a flat

rate of about $3,000 per six-month term for most programs, regardless of

the number of courses completed. On average, students are able to complete

a bachelor's degree in less than three years, many while holding a

full-time job and raising a family. The online model also enables students

to enroll and study from anywhere across the state, and complete

coursework at a schedule that works best for them.

About WGU Texas

WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established

to expand Texans' access to higher education throughout the state. Formed

through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally-recognized

Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas

residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate

degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher

education, information technology, and health professions, including


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LinkedIn:       http://www.linkedin.com/companies/western-governors-university

Twitter:        http://twitter.com/wgutexas

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