Locals become WGU grads

Posted 9/3/17

NASHVILLE — Three Bradley County residents received degrees at WGU Tennessee’s fourth commencement ceremony, which took place Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in …

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Locals become WGU grads

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NASHVILLE — Three Bradley County residents received degrees at WGU Tennessee’s fourth commencement ceremony, which took place Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

The local graduates and their degrees were:

• Laura Bible, master of education, instructional design;

• Sandra Prater, master of science, nursing – education;

• Jeffrey Walters, bachelor of science, business – human resource management.

“We want to congratulate each of the 620 graduates and the 202 graduates participating in our fourth commencement and ... celebrate with them,” said Dr. Kimberly K. Estep, chancellor of WGU Tennessee. “Honoring our graduates’ hard work and dedication is my favorite moment year after year.”

Speakers at the recent commencement included include Gov. Bill Haslam, who gave the commencement address, and four members of the graduating class.

Earlier this year, the state-endorsed, nonprofit online university celebrated its four-year anniversary. WGU Tennessee was launched as part of Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative in 2013 and has already awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to Tennesseans. In keeping with the university’s commitment to affordability, WGU’s leadership recently announced that tuition rates will not increase in 2017.

“We’ve made great progress in just four years and now have nearly 3,350 enrolled students, which speaks to our program’s quality and flexibility,” Estep said. “It’s been our mission to help Tennesseans further their education, and people are responding to that mission in ever-increasing numbers.”

The online 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 nursing.

Degrees are granted under the accreditation of Western Governors University, which is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Teachers college programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

In addition to WGU Tennessee, there are five other WGU state-based, state-endorsed universities: WGU Indiana, established in June 2010; WGU Washington, established in April 2011; WGU Texas, established in August 2011; WGU Missouri, established in February 2013; and WGU Nevada, established in June 2015.

WGU Tennessee enrolls students in its programs each month. Tuition is about $3,000 for a six-month term, during which students can complete an unlimited amount of coursework. Those interested in learning more can visit tennessee.wgu.edu.

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