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April 29, 2013 - Thousands of Oklahomans Receiving College Degrees This Spring

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Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities are producing thousands of college graduates ready to enter the workforce this spring. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education estimates that more than 33,400 students will earn degrees during the 2012-13 academic year at Oklahoma state system campuses.

Preliminary information relating to degrees awarded in 2012-13 was gathered in a survey of higher education institutions. Official data will be available later.
Of those graduates, an estimated 17,500 will receive bachelor’s degrees. The most popular fields of study among students receiving bachelor’s degrees are business, education and nursing.

General studies, nursing and business were the programs most frequently selected by the projected 9,200 students earning associate degrees.

An estimated 5,100 students will receive master’s degrees in a variety of fields, most notably in education, business and counseling.

Projections show that 680 students will earn doctoral degrees, while approximately 870 others will receive professional degrees in areas such as law and medicine.

“This is a truly special time for the thousands of students who will be graduating this year from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These graduates are the future of Oklahoma. The State Regents applaud their efforts and wish them well in their future careers endeavors.”

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

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