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April 11, 2006 :: Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring, Eying Job Prospects

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Severe weather isn’t the only thing hitting Oklahoma this spring. From every corner of the state and points in between, thousands of college graduates will soon be flooding the job market, hoping to land that first big job.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimate that approximately 28,400 students will have earned college degrees during the 2005-06 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 2005-06 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data for the 2005-06 academic year will be available later.

The most popular fields of study among the estimated 7,000 students who will be receiving associate degrees are business, nursing and general studies.

Business and education are the programs most frequently selected by the estimated 16,000 students earning bachelor’s degrees.

An estimated 4,300 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education and business.

Estimates show that 400 students will earn doctoral degrees while 800 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is an exciting time for the thousands of Oklahoma college graduates who have achieved their educational goals and are now ready to make an impact throughout our state,” Chancellor Paul G. Risser said. “They have put in long hours and made many sacrifices. The State Regents applaud their efforts and wish them well in their job searches, careers or further education.”

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.