MAY 17, 2006

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Thousands of Oklahomans receive college degrees this spring


Spring graduates from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma are all smiles as they join an estimated 28,400 college students who have received degrees this school year.

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 have earned college degrees during the 2005-06 academic year throughout the state system. More than half of the graduates received 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 received associate degrees are business, nursing and general studies.

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

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

Estimates show that 400 students earned doctoral degrees while 800 others received 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.”

Contact: Ben Hardcastle, OSRHE director of communications, 1.405.225.9346