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April 8, 2005 :: Record Number of College Grads Expected Across State for 2004-05

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Early estimates indicate that Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities have produced yet another record crop of graduates this school year.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimate that approximately 29,600 students will have earned college degrees during the 2004-05 academic year throughout the state system. More than half of the graduates will be receiving bachelor’s degrees.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in FY2005 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data for the 2004-05 academic year will be available later.

The most popular fields of study among the estimated 8,400 students who will be receiving associate degrees are business, nursing and general studies.

Business, education and nursing are the programs most frequently selected by the estimated 15,600 students earning bachelor’s degrees.

An estimated total of 4,400 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in business and nursing.

Another 400 students will earn doctorate degrees, while an estimated 875 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This time of the year is truly special for the thousands of students who will be earning degrees from our state’s public colleges and universities,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “Every one of them should feel proud of his or her accomplishments and should look forward to a bright and promising future. We wish them well.”

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