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April 13, 2004 :: Record Number of College Graduates Possible This Spring

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If early estimates hold true, Oklahoma may have a record number of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring.

More than 28,000 students ranging in ages from 18 to 81 will earn college degrees this spring on Oklahoma’s public college campuses, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimate. More than half of the graduates will be receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in spring 2004 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data for the 2003-2004 academic year will be available later.

The most popular fields of study among the estimated 7,700 students who will be receiving associate degrees are business, nursing and general studies.

Business, education and journalism are the programs most frequently selected by the estimated 14,600 students earning bachelor’s degrees.

An estimated total of 4,500 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in business and education.

Another 500 students will earn doctorate degrees, while an estimated 800 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is an exciting time of the year for the thousands of students graduating from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “They have devoted many years of their lives to fulfilling their educational goals, and now they are poised to make positive impacts as members of the workforce or continuing their education. We wish them the best.”

Distinguished representatives from various fields will deliver commencement addresses at this year’s graduation ceremonies. Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and speakers’ names, where available.