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APRIL 21, 2011 - Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring  RSS feed

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An improving Oklahoma economy will greet a record number of college graduates this spring.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that nearly 32,000 students will earn degrees during the 2010-11 academic year at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities. This is the ninth consecutive spring that a record number of degrees will be conferred.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2010-11 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.

Of those 32,000 graduates, an estimated 16,700 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business, education and psychology.

Business, nursing and general studies are the programs most frequently selected by the projected 9,000 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 4,660 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in business, education and counseling.

Projections show that 465 students will earn doctoral degrees, while more than 1,000 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“We are very pleased to see so many students continuing to graduate from Oklahoma colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We want to congratulate each one of them for this significant accomplishment and wish them the very best in all of their future endeavors.”

Distinguished representatives from various fields will deliver commencement addresses during this spring’s graduation ceremonies at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities.

Ceremonies are listed alphabetically by city and include dates, times, locations and commencement speakers’ names, when available.